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Scott Wagner Comes Unglued as He Grabs Headlines for Being a National Embarrassment

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner came unglued this week as he successfully made himself a national embarrassment (again… and again). Here’s a breakdown of everything Wagner did wrong this week.

Philadelphia, PA – Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner came unglued this week as he successfully made himself a national embarrassment (again… and again). Here’s a breakdown of everything Wagner did wrong this week:

  • First, The Huffington Post reported that Wagner was caught calling for the Russians to interfere with the 2018 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election and saying that he will use ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort if he has to. On Wednesday, Manafort was convicted on eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud.
  • Then, Wagner was caught on video at a town hall in Erie on Monday saying that he would consider signing a bill to make same sex marriage in Pennsylvania illegal.
  • As if this wasn’t enough, Wagner then received a question about why he is the first gubernatorial candidate in more than 20 years not to release his tax returns. The Associated Press reported that Wagner responded that he doesn’t want his employees to know how much he makes.
  • Last, but certainly not least, The Record Herald reported on Wednesday that voters at Senator John Eichelberger’s town hall in Franklin County raised serious concerns about Wagner’s plan to lay off 10% of Pennsylvania’s teachers.

Then again, there are still several hours left in the day for Wagner to embarrass himself again.

“All in one week, Scott Wagner undermined our democracy, threatened the wellbeing of our LGBTQ community, admitted that he is hiding his salary from voters and employees, and threatened the livelihood of Pennsylvania’s hardworking teachers,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “Scott Wagner may be good at making himself and his campaign a national embarrassment, but he would be terrible for Pennsylvania.”

Here’s just a sampling of all of the coverage from this week:

HuffPost: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jokes, ‘The Russians Are Going To Help Me’

The Hill: GOP candidate jokes: ‘The Russians are going to help me’ win in November

PennLive: ‘I’d have to give it consideration,’ Scott Wagner says if bill ending same-sex marriage came to his desk.

Think Progress: The Republican who wants to be Pennsylvania’s next governor is open to banning same-sex marriage

AP: Wagner says he doesn’t want workers knowing what he makes

PennLive: Wagner’s remarks about his reluctance to reveal tax returns reveal much about the candidate | Editorial

Record Herald: Eichelberger wraps up town halls

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What’s At Stake: Education

Governor Wolf has been a consistent advocate for high quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to undo the damage done by the Harrisburg Republicans’ one billion dollar cut to education.

Governor Wolf has been a consistent advocate for high quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to undo the damage done by the Harrisburg Republicans’ one billion dollar cut to education. He has spent his term fighting to ensure that all children, no matter their zip code, receive the high quality education that they deserve. While in office, Governor Wolf has:

  • Fully restored the one billion dollar cut to education made by Harrisburg Republicans that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.
  • Enacted a fair funding formula to take the politics out of education funding once and for all.
  • Increased the number of children attending pre-kindergarten by 64%.
  • Increased the high school graduation rate to 86%, making Pennsylvania a national leader.
  • Increased the number of students enrolled in full-day kindergarten to 93,800.
  • Increased the number of credentials earned by students in career and technical education programs by 32%.
  • Established PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million workforce development initiative that invests $20 million in computer science and STEM education programs for k-12 students and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships.
  • Established standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.
  • Made Pennsylvania third in the nation in STEM education.
  • Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.
  • Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks, and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.
  • Created a task force to bring together officials, educators, parents, and students to talk to about ways to improve school safety and security.
  • Increased funding for school safety and security improvements by $60 million.

Scott Wagner is an anti-education candidate who would put our children’s future at risk. Wagner as governor would:

  • Take us back to the days when Harrisburg Republicans’ cut one billion dollars from education, which led to cuts to important programs like pre-k, larger class sizes, and teacher layoffs.
  • Lay off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania.
  • Sign school choice legislation that would strip billions from public education.
  • Refuse to devote more money to public schools because he thinks schools do not need more funding.
  • Put our children’s safety at risk by refusing to support stronger background checks and more school safety funding.

DIGITAL LAUNCH: Wolf Campaign Launches CantAffordWagner.com to Highlight How Wagner is Not for Pennsylvania’s Seniors

Ahead of Scott Wagner’s town hall at a senior center this evening, the Wolf campaign launched CantAffordWagner.com, a website highlighting how Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is not for Pennsylvania’s seniors.

Pennsylvania – Ahead of Scott Wagner’s town hall at a senior center this evening, the Wolf campaign launched CantAffordWagner.com, a website highlighting how Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is not for Pennsylvania’s seniors.

“Scott Wagner would be disastrous for Pennsylvania’s seniors,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “Wagner proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts that would directly impact seniors in nursing homes. He also wants to tax seniors’ retirement accounts, charge seniors an age tax, hike prescription drug costs, and gut Medicaid expansion. He has even gone so far as to call our hardworking seniors the ‘Greediest Generation Ever.’ Scott Wagner is not for Pennsylvania’s seniors.”

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE: CantAffordWagner.com

 

 

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Wagner Breaks Decades Of Tradition: Refuses to Release His Tax Returns

Yesterday, The Associated Press reported that Scott Wagner will break decades of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns because he doesn’t want his employees to see how much he makes. The PennLive Editorial Board criticized Wagner for the decision.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2018

Contact: Andrew Romeo

Wagner Breaks Decades Of Tradition: Refuses to Release His Tax Returns

Wagner Afraid to Let Employees See How Much He Makes

HARRISBURG, PA – Yesterday, The Associated Press reported that Scott Wagner will break decades of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns because he doesn’t want his employees to see how much he makes. The PennLive Editorial Board criticized Wagner for the decision, writing:

  • “No one is forced to run for office. Wagner chooses to put himself out there for public scrutiny. He should bow to past practice and release his tax returns so voters can put together a more complete picture of the man, his business interests and his skills.”

“What is Scott Wagner afraid of?” asked Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf Campaign. “He is the first gubernatorial candidate in more than 20 years not to release his tax returns, and it comes at a time when his company, PennWaste, is raising rates on small businesses and consumers. But it should come as no surprise that Scott is afraid to let Pennsylvanians see that he is attempting to bail out his failing business on the backs of small businesses and consumers while he is pouring his own income into his campaign.”

Wagner’s decision not to release his tax returns has received wide criticism from many other editorial boards:

  • GOP Governor Candidate Scott Wagner Should Release His Tax Returns. [PennLive, Editorial, 7/26/18]

  • Candidates Should Release Tax Records. [Daily Item, Editorial, 7/27/18]

  • Candidates Should Reveal Tax Returns. [Times-Tribune, Editorial, 7/26/18]

  • Candidates For Pa. Governor Should Disclose Tax Returns.  [Altoona Mirror, Editorial, 3/25/18]

  • Candidate’s Should Open Tax Records. [Daily Item, Editorial, 3/14/18]

  • What Are Candidates Hiding By Refusing To Release Tax Returns? [The Intelligencer, Editorial, 4/15/18]

  • Gubernatorial Candidates Should Release Tax Returns. [Butler Eagle, Editorial, 3/14/18]

  • GOP Candidates For Governor Should Release Their Tax Returns. [LNP, Editorial, 3/14/18]

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Also this week, Wagner called for the Russians to interfere with the 2018 gubernatorial election and said he would consider signing a bill that makes same-sex marriage illegal.

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