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As Election Approaches, Scott Wagner Embarrasses Himself in New (and Old) Ways

With just 46 days to go until Election Day, Scott Wagner is receiving a steady drumbeat of criticism for his racist comments, lack of transparency, and transphobic campaign staff.

Pennsylvania – With just 46 days to go until Election Day, Scott Wagner is receiving a steady drumbeat of criticism for his racist comments, lack of transparency, and transphobic campaign staff. Here’s a brief summary of all of the ways that he embarrassed himself, his campaign, and Pennsylvania just this week:

  1. First, PennLive reported that Wagner retold a notorious story from a white nationalist site comparing immigrants to a raccoon infestation at his campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre earlier this month. Wagner refused to apologize.
  2. Then, the Associated Press reported that Wagner is still refusing to release his tax returns, despite the fact that his company relies on government contracts and could pose conflicts of interest.
  3. To wrap it all up, the Philadelphia Gay News reminded us that Wagner still has not taken action against his campaign consultant Ray Zaborney who recently shared a transphobic meme or his campaign manager Jason High who received the meme yet didn’t condemn Zaborney.

We’ll at least give Wagner points for his ability to come up with innovative new ways to embarrass himself. And we look forward to seeing what else he will do in the coming weeks.

 

Check out the coverage below:

PennLive: ‘We are being invaded:’ Republican Scott Wagner repeats anecdote from white nationalist site

Inquirer: Scott Wagner, Republican nominee for governor, shares story about ‘raccoon’ infestation, invasion

Tribune Review: Democrats criticize Wagner for reading InfoWars letter at campaign event

AP: Releasing tax returns an issue again – in governor’s races

Philadelphia Gay News: Wagner faces backlash for transphobic meme

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ICYMI: Associated Press: Releasing tax returns an issue again – in governor’s races

It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

* It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

* Wagner has said he will not divest his ownership of the $75 million waste hauling business should he win. That has raised alarms with transparency advocates about the potential for conflict because state government heavily regulates municipal waste.

* He has given varied reasons for his refusal to open his tax returns for review — saying at one point it was because they were “very complicated.” At another, he said unions would use them to promote his wealth in an attempt to organize his company’s workers.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won’t you release your tax returns?

It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

“How much I make or don’t make is nobody’s business, frankly,” the candidate, Scott Wagner, responded during a question-and-answer forum.

The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, released his tax return in what he said was a nod to transparency. The discrepancy between the two candidates and the ongoing dispute highlights a fact that was overlooked in the controversy over then-candidate Donald Trump’s refusal to release his returns during the 2016 presidential race: The nation’s other executive branch leaders — state governors — also are not required to release their tax returns and often don’t.

The release-or-not-to-release calculation has been on full display in Wagner’s uphill bid to unseat Wolf in Pennsylvania.

Wagner has said he will not divest his ownership of the $75 million waste hauling business should he win. That has raised alarms with transparency advocates about the potential for conflict because state government heavily regulates municipal waste.

He has given varied reasons for his refusal to open his tax returns for review — saying at one point it was because they were “very complicated.” At another, he said unions would use them to promote his wealth in an attempt to organize his company’s workers.

Wagner maintains that he has complied with state requirements to disclose sources of income, that he owes no back taxes and provides charitable contributions through his company. Democrats say his word is not enough.

In a statement, the state Democratic Party said Wagner’s “refusal to release his tax returns raises questions about what he could be hiding.”

Read the full piece here.

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AUDIO: Wagner Suggests Cutting Off Philadelphia from Pennsylvania

Today in Philadelphia, Scott Wagner unveiled another half baked policy plan, this time to support cities. Once again, Wagner is doing a complete about-face on the issue. Wagner has suggested cutting Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania – Today in Philadelphia, Scott Wagner unveiled another half baked policy plan, this time to support cities. Once again, Wagner is doing a complete about-face on the issue. Wagner has suggested cutting Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania.

“Like a typical Harrisburg politician, Scott Wagner is lying out of political desperation,” said Beth Melena, communications director for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Wagner has previously suggested cutting Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania and now he claims he’s the leader who will best represent their views. Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg.”

LISTEN HERE: https://youtu.be/iu-1MElkNGA

 

BACKGROUND

Wagner Suggested Cutting Philadelphia Off From Pennsylvania: “Let Philadelphia Go On Their Own.” Scott Wagner said on the Gary Sutton Show on News Radio 910 WSBA, “I’m actually thinking about another bill. I’m thinking about another bill that we could cut Philadelphia off from the rest of Pennsylvania and let Philadelphia go on their own, because, you know what? Governor Wolf is really representing Philadelphia in this budget.” [News Radio 910 WSBA, ~19:40, uploaded 10/19/15]

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Governor Wolf Stands Up for Victims of Crime and Abuse

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took a stand for victims of crime, abuse, and harassment in Pennsylvania. He called on the General Assembly to prioritize and deliver to his desk several bills that have been stalled in the legislature that would empower, protect, and support victims.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took a stand for victims of crime, abuse, and harassment in Pennsylvania. He called on the General Assembly to prioritize and deliver to his desk several bills that have been stalled in the legislature that would empower, protect, and support victims.

As the Morning Call reports:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has joined a growing chorus of reformers calling on lawmakers to give victims of child sex assault greater legal protections as fallout continues over a month-old grand jury report that exposed decades of clergy sex abuse in Catholic dioceses.”

“We have seen too many pro-victim bills fall to the wayside in the past 18 months and I call on the General Assembly to put victims first and take action on these proposals this fall,” said Governor Wolf. “The grand jury report is a gut-wrenching reminder that our laws are failing too many victims of crime. There are too many issues, including domestic violence, child sexual abuse, gun violence and sexual assault, where bills that would help victims and protect families are stalled in the legislature and this is unacceptable.”

The proposals that the governor is urging the legislature to move quickly on include:

  • Child Sexual Abuse: Governor Wolf has urged action on the four recommendations of the statewide grand jury into clergy sexual abuse that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and allow for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims against their abusers and the institutions that enabled them.
  • Domestic Violence: Since 2017, Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of bipartisan Senate bills to combat domestic violence and protect survivors.
  • Sexual Assault: Governor Wolf unveiled a bipartisan “It’s On Us” legislative package in September 2017. These bills would focus on empowering and protecting victims of sexual assault, especially on college and high school campuses.
  • Gun Violence: Governor Wolf has supported many bills to reduce violence and protect individuals from becoming victims of gun crimes, including taking guns more swiftly from domestic abusers and creating a new red-flag emergency order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.
  • Sexual Harassment: Governor Wolf and legislative Democrats introduced nearly two dozen bills to combat sexual harassment and improve treatment of victims.
  • Hate Crimes and Discrimination: Governor Wolf has long called for legislation providing protections for members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination and hate crimes.
  • Human Trafficking: Governor Wolf supports Senator Greenleaf’s SB 554, Safe Harbor legislation to protect the child victims of human trafficking from being prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit.
  • Hazing: Governor Wolf has long-supported the Pennsylvania Timothy J. Piazza Law to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable and ensure schools have proper safeguards to protect students and curb these practices.