Wagner-Bartos Held First Town Hall In Cumberland County Last Night
In his opening remarks, Wagner explained the contrast between himself and Governor Wolf by telling a story about his upbringing.
Watch the clip HERE.
SCOTT WAGNER: “I told you quickly I grew up on a farm in York County. I grew up in a blue collar household. And there is a story that I want to tell you. When I was younger, I was probably six or seven years old, my father one evening – I had two brothers and a sister, my mother, father and I sat down at a round kitchen table – and my father, who is 86 and not in good health and I hope he has the opportunity to sit in the front row at my inauguration, my father had a bowl – we all put food on our plates, I think that night it was pot roast and other things – but my father had a bowl. And he had a pack of saltine crackers and he crumbled up a handful of saltine crackers and put them in the bowl. And then he poured coffee on those saltine crackers. Now, of course I’m six or seven years old and he’s eating something that I’m not eating and I wanted to know – hey, dad, what are you having? Well, I’m having cracker soup. I love cracker soup. Well it took me a long time to realize what really was going down. There wasn’t enough to feed six people. He made sure that his children and his wife ate. That’s where I come from and I’m proud of it.”
Later in the town hall, Wagner responded to a Democrat supporter by speaking about the importance of leadership when it comes to working across the aisle.
Watch the clip HERE.
As PennLive reported, those who attended the town hall were impressed with the Wagner-Bartos ticket.
“As the crowd made their way out of the room, some stopped to pick up a “Wagner- Bartos” sticker or campaign yard sign. Several commented on Wagner’s business background as what impressed them the most. “I think he was very passionate about what he is saying and I think he is excited to run for governor. He has a fantastic business background, which is what I think we need in Harrisburg right now,” said Mike Dudziak of Silver Spring Township.
Wagner and Bartos’ business success made Dawn Lush of Linglestown feel more trusting toward them, she said. Plus, Lush said, “Their enthusiasm and innovative thinking caught my attention. It’s not the same old rhetoric.”
Perry Shearer traveled from Abbottstown in Adams County to hear from Wagner, who he supported in the primary. “I like that he’s a business man. I’ve said for years this country and this state should be run by a businessman.”