Wagner Praises GOP’s Right-to-Know Request On Redistricting Process

Backs Inquiry To Determine  If Wolf Colluded With Pennsylvania Supreme Court, National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

In 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today released the following statement praising the Republican Party of Pennsylvania for filing a Right-to-Know request regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to circumvent the legislature and draw its own congressional maps.

The request will investigate if the Wolf Administration colluded with Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices, their privately retained experts or the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its associated political action committee.

“I’ve continually stated that I believe the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its bounds when it decided to override the legislature and put its own maps in place,” said Wagner. “I’ve also said that, as Governor, Tom Wolf should have stood up for the separation of powers and refused to implement the Court’s map. While these two mistakes could normally be chalked up to sheer incompetence, the $250,000 donation Governor Wolf received from the NDRC earlier this year has me skeptical. I welcome the Pennsylvania GOP’s decision to get to the bottom of this issue and see if the Governor was fighting for Eric Holder and Barack Obama rather than the people of Pennsylvania.”

BACKGROUND: 

  • As CBS News reported, the NDRC announced on February 7 that it was planning to target races in Pennsylvania in 2018.
  • Republican leaders submitted a new map to Governor Wolf on February 9.
  • Wolf rejected the Republican proposal, refused to allow time for a compromise, and submitted his own map to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on February 15.
  • The NDRC later thanked Wolf for his role in the process.
    • “Governor Wolf’s rejection of a map last week that would have continued Republican gerrymandering highlights how important it is that we elect more Democrats who will fight for fairness.” (Press Release, 2/19/18)
  • Wolf cashes in on his favor for the NDRC with a $250,000 donation from its PAC in his first campaign finance filing of 2018.
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