ICYMI: PennLive: For Governor: Tom Wolf is the right choice for Pennsylvania

* Wolf’s steady hand, thoughtful demeanor and clear commitment to public service have made him the kind of leader that Pennsylvania needs during these rapidly changing times.

* In four years at the helm, Wolf has largely kept his promises. He’s increased state support for public education by more than $2 billion, and, with an executive branch gift ban and other policies, has improved ethics and accountability in a state government that is notoriously lacking in both qualities.

* Wolf has been a stalwart defender of women’s and civil rights, championing efforts to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has vetoed bills that would have eviscerated access to abortion and opposed attempts to gut state funding for women’s health programs.


ICYMI: PennLive: For Governor: Tom Wolf is the right choice for Pennsylvania 

…Wolf’s steady hand, thoughtful demeanor and clear commitment to public service have made him the kind of leader that Pennsylvania needs during these rapidly changing times.

And compared to his competitor, the bullying and brash Republican Scott Wagner, there is no question: The Editorial Board of PennLive/The Patriot-News believes Wolf has earned another four-year term in the Governor’s Office.

In four years at the helm, Wolf has largely kept his promises.

He’s increased state support for public education by more than $2 billion, and, with an executive branch gift ban and other policies, has improved ethics and accountability in a state government that is notoriously lacking in both qualities.

Wolf has worked hard to fight the scourge of opioid addiction; increased the minimum wage for state workers, and expanded the state’s Medicaid rolls to provide coverage to hundreds of thousands more Pennsylvanians.

The administration also managed to reach agreement on legislation that helped tame the state’s runaway public pension system. And it helped drag the state’s liquor monopoly, kicking and screaming, into the modern era.

Wolf has been a stalwart defender of women’s and civil rights, championing efforts to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has vetoed bills that would have eviscerated access to abortion and opposed attempts to gut state funding for women’s health programs.

…Wolf brings with him a portfolio of measurable achievement that Wagner simply does not.

During his four years in the GOP-controlled state Senate, the York County Republican did not act as the prime sponsor of a major piece of legislation passed into law.

And while he has railed against excessive government regulation, Wagner could not provide a single example of where he successfully rolled one back while he was in the Senate.

Wagner has, however, succeeded as a bully in the Trumpian mold.

Confronted, for instance, by a young woman questioning his stance on climate change, Wagner patronizingly dismissed her as “young and naive.”

In a Facebook video, he threatened to “stomp” on Wolf’s face with golf spikes. And, most cynically of all, he tried to blame Wolf for doing nothing to stop the migrant column slowly making its way to the nation’s southern border.

Yes, Wagner did make a compelling case that Wolf should have participated in more debates.

But Wagner’s decision to put his political ambitions ahead of his constituents by quitting the Senate in May to focus full time on his gubernatorial run leaves us wondering whether he might leave Pennsylvania taxpayers similarly in the lurch if he got a better offer while in the Governor’s Office.

There is no such worry with Wolf, whose solid record of achievement and steady demeanor makes him the superior choice at the polls next Tuesday.

 

Read the piece here.

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