Here’s What They’re Saying Across PA About Scott Wagner’s Anti-Public Education Record

The reviews are in and it’s never been clearer! Scott Wagner is an anti-public education candidate who would devastate Pennsylvania’s classroom if elected as governor.

Philadelphia, PA – The reviews are in and it’s never been clearer! Scott Wagner is an anti-public education candidate who would devastate Pennsylvania’s classroom if elected as governor.

Here’s  what they’re saying:

Bill White, Morning Call: “state Sen. Scott Wagner, has attacked “hold harmless” as a state senator and gubernatorial candidate, not to mention consistently opposed increases in school funding. It’s hard to imagine a less likely education candidate.”

York Dispatch: “Wagner, meanwhile, has made numerous statements over the years that make it clear he’s no great friend to education, particularly our teachers. He once said ‘if we laid off 10 percent of the teachers in Pennsylvania, we’d never miss them.’ He’s also said earlier this year that he believes that the state spends “enough money” on public schools.”

John Micek, PennLive: “And make no mistake: Wagner is no friend of public education. He’s a vocal supporter of school choice, which would funnel millions of dollars out of districts.”

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Scott Wagner’s Garbage Day

Today, Scott Wagner had a very bad day. His hometown paper bashed him for lying about Governor Wolf’s education and for being an anti-education candidate.

Philadelphia, PA – Today, Scott Wagner had a very bad day. His hometown paper bashed him for lying about Governor Wolf’s education and for being an anti-education candidate. They wrote, “…Wolf’s record on education is positively sterling when compared to Wagner’s rhetoric on the issue. The York County men couldn’t be more different.”

There was also continued coverage of Wagner supporting the overturning of Roe v. Wade. “In an interview with WHYY-FM, conducted after a town hall meeting in Montgomery County this week, Wagner, of York County, said a high court decision overturning Roe v. Wade is a ‘federal issue.’ When he was reminded that an abortion ban bill could reach his desk if a future high court strikes Roe down and reverts the decision back to the states, Wagner, who opposes abortion and often brags about his 100 percent pro-life rating, told WHYY-FM that “It may, and whatever happens happens.”

This all comes on the heels of Wagner callously calling a voter “young and naive” for asking about his remarks that climate change is caused by humans’ warm bodies and his history of accepting donations from the fossil fuel industry at a town hall Wednesday night, which received sharped criticism across the board.

Scott Wagner is ending this week on a profoundly low note– News outlets across Pennsylvania are holding him accountable for his deceptive tactics, embrace of extreme policies, and total disregard for the concerns of the voters.

Check out the coverage:

York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: With latest allegation, Scott Wagner takes page out of Donald Trump’s playbook

Pennlive: Scott Wagner: ‘Whatever happens, happens’ if Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade

WHYY: Wolf to veto abortion ban if Roe falls; Wagner won’t commit

Pennlive: Asked by teen about climate change, ‘You’re a little young and naive’ Scott Wagner says

York Daily Record: ‘You’re a little young and naive,’ Scott Wagner tells teen who asked about climate change

Philly.com: Pa. GOP gov nominee to climate change activist: ‘You’re a little young and naive’

The Hill: GOP candidate calls woman ‘young and naive’ for asking about fossil fuel industry donations

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Scott Wagner’s Hometown Newspaper Slams Him for Lying About Education

Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s hometown newspaper, the York Dispatch, published a scathing critique of Wagner’s education record and his blatant lies about Governor Wolf’s education record. Read some of the highlights below:

York Dispatch Editorial Board calls Wagner’s claim an “absurd accusation, with no basis in fact”

Pennsylvania – Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s hometown newspaper, the York Dispatch, published a scathing critique of Wagner’s education record and his blatant lies about Governor Wolf’s education record. Read some of the highlights below:

* In 2014, Wolf came into office with a first-term goal of $2 billion in new education money. He’s been able to secure lawmakers’ approval for about half of that total. Given that Wolf is dealing with a Republican-controlled legislature that has opposed him nearly every step of the way, that’s a rather remarkable achievement. It was also desperately needed after Tom Corbett’s previous Republican administration slashed school funding.

* Wagner, meanwhile, has made numerous statements over the years that make it clear he’s no great friend to education, particularly our teachers.  He once said “if we laid off 10 percent of the teachers in Pennsylvania, we’d never miss them.” He’s also said earlier this year that he believes that the state spends “enough money” on public schools.

* Wagner was unable to point to a single instance where Wolf said he thought the switch from the existing distribution system should be immediate or resulting in cuts to certain districts. That little fact escaped Wagner, which is nothing unusual. Mr. Wagner seldom lets the facts get in the way of a good story.

 

Read the rest of the editorial here.

 

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Wagner on Overturning Roe v. Wade: “Whatever Happens, Happens”

On the same day Scott Wagner dismissed a voter’s questions about climate change, calling her “young and naive,” Wagner dismissed the concerns of women across Pennsylvania about having access to safe and legal abortion by saying “… whatever happens, happens” when asked if he would be in a position to ban abortion as governor. You can listen to the audio here.

Philadelphia, PA – On the same day Scott Wagner dismissed a voter’s questions about climate change, calling her “young and naive,” Wagner dismissed the concerns of women across Pennsylvania about having access to safe and legal abortion by saying “… whatever happens, happens” when asked if he would be in a position to ban abortion as governor. You can listen to the audio here.

“There’s no question what will happen to women if Scott Wagner becomes governor because it’s clear where he stands on banning abortion, even as he tries to hide from his own record,” said Beth Melena, Wolf campaign communications director. “Scott Wagner has said he will sign a 6-week ban, which is before most women know they’re pregnant and is the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country. The 6-week ban does not even have exceptions for rape or incest. Scott Wagner would be detrimental to women’s health and their right to choose.”

BACKGROUND

Wagner “Has Explicitly Said He’d Support Saccone’s Bill” To Ban Abortion As Early As Six Weeks. “One of the three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, has explicitly said he’d support Saccone’s bill.” [PennLive, 5/09/18]

Wagner: “I Was The Cosponsor Of Senate Bill 3 Which Would Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks.” “Last year I was the cosponsor of Senate Bill 3 which would ban abortion after 20 weeks and would ban dismemberment abortion.” [March For Life Speech, 1/19/18]

Scott Wagner co-sponsored SB 300, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. [SB 300, 3/28/17]

Wagner Spokesperson Romeo: Wagner “Will Sign Pro-Life Legislation As Governor.” “In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Wagner spokesman Andrew Romeo said, ‘While Tom Wolf is being funded by a group that prioritizes abortions, and has vetoed pro-life bills on their behalf, Scott has a strong record standing up for the unborn in the Senate and will sign pro-life legislation as governor.’” [Breitbart, 6/15/18]

Wagner Supports Overturning Roe v. Wade. “When asked about the possibility of Donald Trump nominating another pro-life Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, Wagner responded by saying, “I am 100% pro-life, and I have a 100% pro-life voting record.” [PA Dems Release, 7/11/18]

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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