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Marc Scaringi: “Scott Wagner had me at hello – he’ll win over Pennsylvania in the fall”


Scott Wagner had me at hello – he’ll win over Pennsylvania in the fall
Marc Scaringi
May 16, 2018Scott Wagner’s primary election victory Tuesday night over Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth is like a second Pennsylvania primary election victory for Donald Trump.Wagner, like Trump, eschewed political correctness as he barreled forward delivering his message to drain the swamp and fix our broken state government. Wagner muscled by his more polished and articulate opponents with his brash, brusque Trumpian style.Like in the Pennsylvania primary in 2016, Republicans heard and responded to the candidate who will not only take it to his liberal, Democratic opponent in the fall, but also to the entire ruling political class in Harrisburg.

Wagner’s voters, like Trump’s, stuck with him through the highs and lows of what would become one of the most contentious Republican primary campaigns in modern history.

Wagner, like Trump, describes himself as a “blue collar” guy and appeals to those who are fed up with career politicians who get richer, fatter paychecks and pensions, while so many Pennsylvanians suffer under Pennsylvania’s moribund economy.

Republican primary voters have spoken loud and clear in 2016 and then again last night. They want a candidate who will represent the “forgotten men and women” of Pennsylvania who work hard every day and yet get further and further behind as the political class gets more ensconced in their positions of privilege and power.

After three-and-a-half years of Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s economy is still a shell of its former self.

The incumbent Democrat has gone on the attack against a guy who isn’t shy about punching back.

The financial literacy site, WalletHub, ranks Pennsylvania the 6th worst state in which to start a business. U.S. News ranks Pennsylvania near the bottom of the list for fiscal stability and quality of life. Rich States, Poor States ranks Pennsylvania 35th for economic performance and 38th for economic outlook.

The Tax Foundation ranks us 33rd for our high property taxes and 44th for corporate taxes. And despite the enactment of modest pension reform last summer, Pennsylvania taxpayers are still on the hook for over $76 billion in unfunded liabilities owed to two state public pension funds.

Pennsylvania’s desultory economic and financial condition is the result of a pollical class that puts its own interests first.

That’s why Pennsylvanian’s Republican primary voters responded to the candidate who threatened to take a baseball bat to the establishment.

They voted for the candidate they believe will swing away at the political class and make them heed the will of the people a and who will return Pennsylvania to the place it once held as one of the best states in America in which to live, work, raise a family and retire.


Read the full piece HERE.