Scott Wagner: “If I am seen as an obstructionist because I ask questions, I am going to ask questions, because the people of Pennsylvania deserve better.”
During last night’s town hall meeting in Lackawanna County, 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was asked whether or not he will be an obstructionist as governor. Wagner responded by pointing out that demanding answers to questions is not obstructionism and that Pennsylvanians deserve a leader who is not afraid to challenge the status quo.
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QUESTION: “And if you are elected governor are you going to turn around and treat the rest of the people this way and be an obstructionist whenever you are the governor of Pennsylvania?”
SCOTT WAGNER: “Thank you for the question, and I would like to respond.”
QUESTION: “Let’s be honest about this.”
SCOTT WAGNER: “Oh, I am going to be real honest. When I went to Harrisburg I went for a couple of reasons. And in 2015 I was appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Transportation, Labor and Industry and I chaired Urban Affairs and Housing. I am a business guy, and there is a mistake out there and a myth that I am an obstructionist. If I as a senator do not have the right to question the waste of 300 million dollars over a five year period, and I ran campaign and I sit through 60-80 hours of appropriations hearings, I am not an idiot, I focus on the financials. We had a discussion in the appropriations hearing room, and it is all televised, and someone made a comment, now wait a minute, this funding was supposed to sunset and we were going to vote to give Labor and Industry another 60 million dollars. And so, the discussion started. And I hadn’t been in the Senate back then when all of this money had been appropriated, but over 300 million dollars, I am going to say it, was pissed away by Labor and Industry on a software system that doesn’t work and they still run on a cobalt system. I am sorry that your son got laid off. Governor Wolf actually had a plan in October, this went down in December, he had a plan, and we have documentation and I would be happy to show it to you, they had a plan to shut down several offices. They used this as a political event and what he did was he closed four offices in Republican districts. Governor Wolf is not a nice guy. I got elected to the Senate and by damn I am going to do my job and I am going to ask questions. There is so much money wasted in Harrisburg. He doesn’t have a problem giving 30 million dollars here and 30 million dollars there for new bike trails and new walking paths in Philadelphia, I’m sorry. So, I am getting little passionate. So if I am seen as an obstructionist because I ask questions, I am going to ask questions, because the people of Pennsylvania deserve better.”