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GUEST BLOG: Kavanaugh Confirmation Reveals That PA Women Can’t Afford Wagner

The brave testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and subsequent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have revealed yet again the stark contrast in Pennsylvania’s race for governor– Governor Tom Wolf has consistently stood on the side of Pennsylvania’s women while Scott Wagner has made clear that he does not support women and would take Pennsylvania backwards.

By Marissa Leslie

The brave testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and subsequent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have revealed yet again the stark contrast in Pennsylvania’s race for governor– Governor Tom Wolf has consistently stood on the side of Pennsylvania’s women while Scott Wagner has made clear that he does not support women and would take Pennsylvania backwards.

Governor Wolf issued a statement of support for Dr. Ford, calling her allegations credible and demanding an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Scott Wagner, on the other hand, posted a despicable video in which he accused Dr. Ford of being part of a political conspiracy to bring down President Trump and called for the confirmation of Kavanaugh.

The difference between Governor Wolf and Wagner’s responses to this situation is representative of their actions throughout the Me Too era. Governor Wolf has been an unwavering ally of the Me Too movement– he called for the resignations of elected officials accused of sexual misconduct on both sides of the aisle. Additionally, he announced a package of reforms aimed at strengthening protections against sexual harassment and discrimination. He also launched “It’s On Us PA,” the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools.

Wagner, on the other hand, refused to call on Representative Pat Meehan to resign even after it was revealed that he used $40,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment claim. Now, he is continuing to support Brett Kavanaugh despite multiple credible allegations of sexual assault against him. This is a pattern.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation also poses an extreme risk for the future of reproductive health rights across the country. Luckily, Governor Wolf has continuously proven his commitment to protecting a woman’s right to choose. He vetoed Senate Bill 3, which would have been the most restrictive abortion law in the country by proposing a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies. He promised to veto any attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and strongly opposed the Trump administration’s gag rule. He and his wife Frances even used to volunteer as escorts for Planned Parenthood.

I have seen the pressure women go through while attempting to access care at Planned Parenthood. They are hounded and screamed at by people waiving signs at them and calling them names. It’s saddening. Women need someone who will walk beside them in their right to access health care. And that’s Governor Wolf.

Wagner, on the other hand, said he would sign a six week abortion ban as governor, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant. Wagner proudly co-sponsored Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 300, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Thousands of women in Pennsylvania rely on Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, birth control, and other critical health care services.

The difference in this race could not be more clear. Scott Wagner does not stand for the women of Pennsylvania and would take us backwards. Governor Wolf has been a stalwart champion for women’s rights and would continue standing as our last line of defense against harmful policies coming from Harrisburg and Washington. That is why I am supporting Governor Wolf for re-election.

Statement from Jeff Sheridan, Tom Wolf for Governor Campaign Manager

Statement from Jeff Sheridan, Tom Wolf for Governor Campaign Manager

“The Tom Wolf for Governor campaign does not support nor does it condone the political ad, ‘Heroes,’ posted by the political action committee, Real American Values. The Tom Wolf for Governor campaign is not affiliated with Real American Values.

“We believe the ad should be taken down immediately, and that it is insensitive, especially in the wake of last weekend’s tragedy.”

Governor Wolf Endorsed by Editorial Boards across the Commonwealth

Editorial boards across the commonwealth are endorsing Governor Tom Wolf for re-election, highlighting the progress Pennsylvania has made under his leadership and his plans to continue moving Pennsylvania forward.

Pennsylvania – Editorial boards across the commonwealth are endorsing Governor Tom Wolf for re-election, highlighting the progress Pennsylvania has made under his leadership and his plans to continue moving Pennsylvania forward. Read what the editorial boards had to say below:

Philadelphia Inquirer: Tom Wolf is our choice for governor | Editorial

The choice between the two Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates couldn’t be more dramatic: mild-mannered, steady-handed incumbent Tom Wolf vs. brash, pugilistic Republican challenger Scott Wagner.

We’ll take the calm one.

Tom Wolf gets our endorsement not just for his demeanor, but because he has made strides on some important issues in the face of some serious disadvantages.

Erie Times News: Our view: Tom Wolf has earned re-election

With Wolf’s first term winding down and the election approaching, the measure now is whether Pennsylvania is better off than at the start of his tenure. It is. That’s the primary reason why the Erie Times-News Editorial Board recommends that the governor be re-elected.

Scranton Times-Tribune and Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice: Wolf’s steady hand earns new term

Wolf has been a soft-spoken voice of moderation and reform during his first term and his re-election campaign. Wagner has been the booming voice of volatility, one-dimensional far-right policy and the embodiment of tribalism and political polarization… The Times-Tribune editorial board endorses Wolf based on merit, a record that withstands Wagner’s bombast and points to the prospect of further progress in a second term.

York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf should be re-elected governor

The state’s finances are in much better shape. [Governor Wolf] can point to improvements in government efficiency. His administration is super ethical compared to previous regimes (gift bans, etc.). The state’s absurd liquor system has been reformed… We now have medical marijuana.

Yes, things have improved in Pennsylvania – and they’ve happened under Mr. Wolf’s watch.

Bucks County Courier Times: We recommend Tom Wolf for PA Governor

Incumbent Governor Tom Wolf has made education, health care and the opioid crisis priorities in his administration and is looking to the future on important issues that include gerrymandering and campaign finance reform. He is on the right side of those issues.

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Governor Wolf and Scott Wagner’s Hometown Newspaper Endorses Governor Wolf for Re-election

Today, Governor Wolf and Scott Wagner’s hometown newspaper, The York Daily Record, endorsed Governor Wolf for re-election, touting the progress Pennsylvania has made under Governor Wolf’s leadership and emphasizing Scott Wagner’s unhinged temperament and lack of accomplishments.

Pennsylvania – Today, Governor Wolf and Scott Wagner’s hometown newspaper, The York Daily Record, endorsed Governor Wolf for re-election, touting the progress Pennsylvania has made under Governor Wolf’s leadership and emphasizing Scott Wagner’s unhinged temperament and lack of accomplishments. Read more from the endorsement below:

The state’s finances are in much better shape. [Governor Wolf] can point to improvements in government efficiency. His administration is super ethical compared to previous regimes (gift bans, etc.). The state’s absurd liquor system has been reformed (though it really should be privatized). We now have medical marijuana.

Yes, things have improved in Pennsylvania – and they’ve happened under Mr. Wolf’s watch.

There is not a piece of major legislation [Wagner] can take credit for as a prime sponsor that made its way into law.

Mostly, he’s just been a windbag and a bully.

This style has worked surprisingly well for Donald Trump in gaining election. That’s not what we want to see in a governor, though.

Shaking things up is one thing, but doing a Facebook live video in which he threatened the governor with a golf-spike stomping? That’s beyond the pale. And it’s just the tip of the intemperate iceberg for Mr. Wagner – who has made a political career of saying and doing ill-advised things.

He gets at best a C- as a candidate. This cut-rate Trump is just not governor material.

Gov. Wolf still has room for improvement, but he’s done a good job in a very difficult political climate.

He should be re-elected.

Read the full endorsement here.

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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