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Governor Wolf Signs Historic Anti-Hazing Legislation in Memory of Timothy Piazza

Earlier today, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 1090 into law as part of his ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s students.

Earlier today, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 1090 into law as part of his ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s students. According to the Associated Press:

“Gov. Tom Wolf called it ‘long overdue’ as he put his signature on legislation to enact stricter criminal penalties and permit courts to order confiscation of frat houses where hazing has occurred.”

Also known as the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, the legislation was sparked by the tragic death of Piazza, then a sophomore at Penn State, in early 2017 due to hazing. After unanimously passing both houses of the state legislature, “Tim’s Law” was sent to the desk of Governor Wolf, who had long voiced support for the legislation.

“Tim’s tragic experience has led to real change,” said Governor Wolf. “There is no place for hazing on our college campuses. And together, we will protect students and hold accountable those who engage in it. We mourn for Tim’s loss with his family, and while we can never fix what they’ve gone through, this new law will help to prevent other tragedies.”

Timothy’s parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, joined Governor Wolf at the signing ceremony alongside Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, Penn State President Eric J. Barron, and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein.

Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvania’s students has been a top priority for Governor Wolf. Earlier this year, he formed the School Safety Task Force with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to ensure that Pennsylvania is doing everything possible to make sure that our schools are safe places for our children to learn. He also launched the It’s on Us PA initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

ICYMI: VIDEO: WGAL: Wagner’s Running Mate and Fellow Republicans Distance Themselves After Unhinged, Violent Rant

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Jeff Bartos: “I’m glad that he apologized and I agree with him that that wasn’t the right thing to say.”

* Lieutenant Governor Candidate Jeff Bartos: “I’m glad that he apologized and I agree with him that that wasn’t the right thing to say.”

* Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker: “Probably given a do-over on that you may not use those words again.”

* Republican Congressman Scott Perry: “It’s important that our messages are civil with each other. Even though we might disagree on policy, we need to remain civil.”


WATCH: https://youtu.be/3LJ9FLUOhI4

TRANSCRIPT:

ANCHOR: In this morning’s commitment 2018 coverage, several Republican candidates rallied the faithful at last night’s annual Party Dinner in York County.

ANCHOR 2: WGAL News 8’s Beccah Hendrickson was there.

HENDRICKSON: Three weeks out from the midterms, an array of GOP candidates spent the night in York County campaigning for the party.

BARTOS: Tens of thousands of supporters that we know we have in York County and in the surrounding counties which is really the heart of our campaign.

HENDRICKSON: The top of the party ticket in PA was present only in his running-mate who recognized the ticket is catching national heat after Scott Wagner’s comments to incumbent Governor Wolf on the race last week.

WAGNER: … because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I’m going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania.

BARTOS: I’m glad that he apologized and I agree with him that that wasn’t the right thing to say.

HENDRICKSON: In the now split district both congressman Smucker and Perry, who are up for re-election, both said they disagreed with the rhetoric.

SMUCKER: Probably given a do-over on that you may not use those word again.

PERRY: It’s important that our messages are civil with each other. Even though we might disagree on policy, we need to remain civil.

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VIDEO: News Outlets Across the Country Agree – Scott Wagner is a National Embarrassment

Last week, in true Wagner fashion, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner yet again became a national embarrassment by demonstrating to the entire country that he is unhinged and unfit for office.

Pennsylvania – Last week, in true Wagner fashion, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner yet again became a national embarrassment by demonstrating to the entire country that he is unhinged and unfit for office. Wagner’s angry rant in which he threatened physical violence against Governor Wolf is grabbing headlines across the country. Check out the coverage below:

WATCH: https://youtu.be/DIyhKcyIGQw

New York Times: Republican Candidate in Pennsylvania Threatens to ‘Stomp All Over’ Opponent’s Face

Washington Post: GOP gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania warns Democrat of plans to ‘stomp all over your face with golf spikes’

Reuters: ‘I’m going to stomp all over your face,’ Pennsylvania Republican threatens election rival in video

CNN: PA candidate Wagner says he’ll ‘stomp all over’ Gov. Wolf’s ‘face with golf spikes’

Fox News: Pennsylvania GOP gov candidate says he’ll ‘stomp’ on Gov. Wolf’s face ‘with golf spikes’

NBC News: Pennsylvania GOP gov candidate vows to ‘stomp’ on opponent’s ‘face with golf spikes’

CBS News: GOP Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate says he’ll “stomp” on opponent’s face with golf spikes

Huff Post: Twitter Users Jeer GOP Candidate Over ‘Most Elitist Threat I’ve Ever Heard’

HuffPost: GOP Candidate Threatens To ‘Stomp All Over’ Rival With Golf Spikes

The Hill: GOP gov candidate says he will ‘stomp’ Dem opponent’s face with ‘golf spikes’

Roll Call: Scalise: Threatening to ‘Stomp All Over’ Opponent’s Face Is ‘Unacceptable’

NY Post: Gubernatorial candidate threatens to ‘stomp all over’ opponent

Newsweek: Republican Candidate Threatens To Stomp On Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Face With Golf Spikes

Axios: GOP candidate threatens to “stomp all over” opponent Tom Wolf’s face

Talking Points Memo: PA GOP Guv Candidate Threatens To ‘Stomp’ On Wolf’s Face With ‘Golf Spikes’

The Hill: GOP candidate says he chose bad ‘metaphor’ with face-stomping comments

Rolling Stone: Things Are Getting Weird in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Race

GQ: Republican Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Threatens to “Stomp” His Opponent’s Face

Think Progress: GOP candidate says threat to ‘stomp’ his opponent’s face ‘with golf spikes’ was a metaphor

Daily Caller: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate Vows To ‘stomp All Over’ Tom Wolf’s Face With ‘golf Spikes’

Daily Caller: Scalise Calls Out Gop Candidate Who Pledged To ‘stomp’ Democratic Opponent’s Face

The Blaze: PA-Gov: Wagner tells Wolf, ‘I’m gonna stomp all over your face with golf spikes’ in ‘unhinged’ video

Town Hall: Scalise Condemns ‘Unacceptable’ Threats GOP PA Gov Candidate Made Against Opponent

Daily Beast: GOP Candidate Threatens to ‘Stomp All Over’ Gov. Tom Wolf’s Face With ‘Golf Spikes’

Bustle: Video Of Scott Wagner Threatening To “Stomp” On His Opponent’s Face Is Shocking

Golf Digest: GOP candidate threatens to “stomp” on Pennsylvania governor’s face with golf spikes

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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ICYMI: York Daily Record: Scott Wagner called ‘unhinged’ and violent by both Democrats and Republicans

Trailing in every independent poll and unknown by 20 percent of Pennsylvania voters, Scott Wagner could use some national attention. But not this kind.

* In April, Wagner’s Republican primary challenger, Paul Mango, said, “Mr. Wagner does have a long violent, insulting, bullying past and it is not just one incident.” On Monday, Wolf’s re-election campaign said Wagner is “unhinged” and released a YouTube compilation of Wagner using threatening language.

* National news outlets ran his video in segments of politicians behaving badly, and Wagner was featured on TV talk shows all weekend – long after the apology.

* As the York Daily Record reported previously, Wagner made controversial statements long before Friday. His candidacy as a write-in Senate Republican and Republican candidate for governor have been riddled with moments he’s had to explain, apologize for or defend.


Trailing in every independent poll and unknown by 20 percent of Pennsylvania voters, Scott Wagner could use some national attention.

But not this kind.

The Republican candidate is making national headlines in the Pennsylvania governor’s race for all the wrong reasons, analysts say.

The proof is in the numbers. Gov. Tom Wolf, the Democratic incumbent, has held onto a double-digit lead throughout the campaign. None of Wagner’s tough talk has moved independent voters to his side, which is something he will need to do if he wants to win Pennsylvania.

Though Wagner spokesman Andrew Romeo has said the candidate’s words shouldn’t be taken literally, his opponents in both major political parties have called him “violent.”

In April, Wagner’s Republican primary challenger, Paul Mango, said, “Mr. Wagner does have a long violent, insulting, bullying past and it is not just one incident.”

On Monday, Wolf’s re-election campaign said Wagner is “unhinged” and released a YouTube compilation of Wagner using threatening language.

“What’s clear to everybody is that Scott Wagner should not be Pennsylvania’s next governor,” the video says at the end.

But it’s not campaign ads that are doing the most harm to Wagner in this race. It’s his own words that are bringing negative, national attention.

In a Facebook Live video Friday, Wagner stood beneath a billboard ad along Interstate 83 and gave Wolf a warning shared and seen by about 100,000 viewers before it was removed.

“Governor Wolf, let me tell you, between now and November 6th, you better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m gonna stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I’m gonna win this for the state of Pennsylvania, and we’re throwing you out of office because you know what, I’m sick and tired of your negative ads,” Wagner said.

After mounting pressure, Wagner took down that video and issued a new video apology: “I may have chosen a poor metaphor. I may have had poor choice of words. I shouldn’t have said what I said.”

But it was too late. By that point, Wagner’s name and words were trending national news, and these were popular Google search phrases: “Wagner golf spikes” and “Wagner threatens.”

National news outlets ran his video in segments of politicians behaving badly, and Wagner was featured on TV talk shows all weekend – long after the apology.

On CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time Friday night, host Chris Cuomo showed a clip of Wagner threatening to stomp on Wolf’s face with golf spikes in a segment called “Race to the Bottom.” The segment featured harsh language from Democrats and Republicans across the country, and Wagner’s words were the closing salvo.

“This is not who we are, not at our best,” Cuomo said of the Wagner video. “This guy belongs in a bar, being told, ‘You’ve had enough,’ not getting your vote.”

The New York Times said this about Wagner’s threat of using golf spikes: “That violent imagery was perhaps the most jarring of several verbal bombs thrown by Mr. Wagner in a video posted to Facebook Friday, as the country approaches the homestretch of a tense campaign season.”

A Fox News headline said, “Pa. gubernatorial candidate says he’ll ‘stomp’ Gov. Wolf’s face, then walks back remarks.”

Also, a prominent U.S. Republican, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, said on Twitter, “These comments are totally unacceptable. As I’ve said many times before, there is absolutely no place in our politics for this kind of rhetoric.”

“When you are down double digits, you need to do virtually anything possible to shake up the election,” said Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster and political analyst at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

Social media is a quick way to reach a lot of people and “shake up drama,” he said.

“It certainly captured attention,” Madonna said. “The question is whether it helps you or not.”

The Wolf campaign is working to make sure it doesn’t help Wagner.

“Scott Wagner’s despicable rant last week is part of his unfortunate pattern of violence and aggression,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign, in a statement accompanying a new campaign video about the Republican challenger.  “Wagner once boasted about carrying around latex gloves because things were going to get bloody with him in Harrisburg, he graphically detailed to a news anchor what it would look like if he choked him, and he physically assaulted an activist. Scott Wagner is unhinged and unfit to be governor.”

As the York Daily Record reported previously, Wagner made controversial statements long before Friday. His candidacy as a write-in Senate Republican and Republican candidate for governor have been riddled with moments he’s had to explain, apologize for or defend.

Throughout it all, polls show he hasn’t picked up new voters or lost any supporters.

Here’s a more complete look at some of his past comments:

  • In 2014, Wagner said labor unions were about “power and control”’ and compared them to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin. (He later said he used an unfortunate analogy.)

  • Later, in 2017, Wagner grabbed a camera away from a political tracker at the Country Club of York. “You’re about to see your senator in action,” he said.

  • Wagner said climate change was being caused by body heat and the Earth moving closer to the sun. (It’s not.)

  • He later called a woman “young and naïve” for asking about his statements on climate change.

  • In response to Wolf vetoing legislation related to the opioid crisis and workers comp, and accepting money from a political action committee that receives money from doctors and lawyers who own pharmacies, Wagner told a radio host, “This guy should be arrested.”

  • Wagner described the liberal billionaire and Democratic supporter George Soros as a “Hungarian Jew.”  (“If he was Catholic, he would have been ‘a Hungarian Catholic.’ There was nothing offensive meant by that,” Wagner said.)

Read the full piece here.

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