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VIDEO: Scott Wagner Continues His Call to Defund Planned Parenthood

Today, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Scott Wagner doubled down on his support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Philadelphia, PA – Today, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Scott Wagner doubled down on his support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

“Scott Wagner as governor would defund Planned Parenthood, stripping access to critical health care services such mammograms, other cancer screenings, and birth control from thousands of Pennsylvania’s women,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “But his anti-women policies don’t stop there– he also said he would sign a 6-week abortion ban bill which would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country, refused to speak out against the Trump administration’s proposed gag rule, and dismissed the concerns of women over the potential reversal of Roe v. Wage by saying, ‘whatever happens, happens.’ Scott Wagner has made it clear that, as governor, he would not stand up for the rights of Pennsylvania’s women.”

 

WATCH: https://youtu.be/h-hzzJwAfPQ

 

BACKGROUND

Wagner “Has Explicitly Said He’d Support Saccone’s Bill” To Ban Abortion As Early As Six Weeks. “One of the three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, has explicitly said he’d support Saccone’s bill.” [PennLive, 5/09/18]

Scott Wagner co-sponsored SB 300, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. [SB 300, 3/28/17]

Wagner Spokesperson Romeo: Wagner “Will Sign Pro-Life Legislation As Governor.” “In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Wagner spokesman Andrew Romeo said, ‘While Tom Wolf is being funded by a group that prioritizes abortions, and has vetoed pro-life bills on their behalf, Scott has a strong record standing up for the unborn in the Senate and will sign pro-life legislation as governor.’” [Breitbart, 6/15/18]

Wagner Supports Overturning Roe v. Wade. “When asked about the possibility of Donald Trump nominating another pro-life Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, Wagner responded by saying, “I am 100% pro-life, and I have a 100% pro-life voting record.” [PA Dems Release, 7/11/18]

Wagner: “…whatever happens, happens” on Roe v. Wade: “If a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision and returns the issue of abortion rights to the states, Pennsylvania’s next governor could find a bill banning abortion on his desk… ‘It may, and whatever happens, happens,’ [Wagner] said.” [WHYY, 07/20/18]

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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MEMO: Scott Wagner is Running from His Anti-Education Record

Ahead of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club this afternoon, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight Wagner’s real record on education.

 

To: Interested Parties

From: Beth Melena, communications director, Tom Wolf for Governor

RE: Scott Wagner is Running from His Anti-Education Record

Date: August 27, 2018

 

Ahead of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club this afternoon, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight Wagner’s real record on education. Candidate Scott Wagner can try to run from Senator Scott Wagner, but the simple truth is that Wagner has a history of pushing anti-education policies, advocating for firing teachers, and threatening our children’s futures by supporting legislation that cuts billions from our schools.

Scott Wagner has:

  • Supported Harrisburg Republicans’ $1 billion cut to education which led to cuts to important programs like pre-k, larger class sizes, and teacher layoffs.
  • Called for laying off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania.
  • Supported school choice legislation that would strip billions from public education.
  • Explicitly said he would not devote more money to public schools.
  • Put our children’s safety at risk by refusing to support stronger background checks and more school safety funding.
  • Said that schools are overfunded while sitting in a helicopter he chartered to show a reporter school campuses that he believes are overfunded.

These are the facts. But now, Candidate Scott Wagner is trying desperately to run away from Harrisburg Senator Scott Wagner’s record. No amount of lies or abracadabra math can hide the truth– Scott Wagner is an anti-education candidate who would take Pennsylvania backwards.

 

BACKGROUND

Wagner Supported Harrisburg Republicans $1 Billion Cut to Education.

INTERVIEWER: Well, they say the Governor runs the largest corporation in the state.  He is the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He’s come out with some pretty dramatic changes for the budget in this coming season, but we still have ⅔ of Pennsylvanians are opposed to the cuts in education.  If you were to give him advice, would you tell him to stick to his guns on these dramatic cuts that he’s making across the board. Education’s hit the worst, but everybody’s getting hit.

WAGNER: “Yes, I believe that Governor Corbett needs to stick to his plan.” [Behind the Headlines, 5/23/11]

Wagner Advocated For Laying Off 10% of Teachers in Pennsylvania. “‘We have 180,000 teachers in the state of Pennsylvania,’ Wagner said. ‘If we laid off 10 percent of the teachers in the state of Pennsylvania, we’d never miss them.’” [ABC27, 6/29/15]

Wagner Co-Sponsored Bill Which Could Guy $1.7 Billion from Public Education. “But every time a student opts to take the money, the same number of dollars would be subtracted from his or her home district. In theory, that could reach about 1.7 billion dollars, a fifth of the amount spent by the state on K-12 public education.” [WHYY, 5/22/18]

Wagner Would Not Devote More Money To Public Schools. “To a great extent, it appeared that two candidates — Paul Mango and Scott Wagner — would be unwilling to devote more money to public schools … Scott Wagner … said he believes the state spends ‘enough money’ on public schools, while stressing the need for frugality, fewer regulations and more accountability.” [Associated Press, 3/07/18]

Wagner Said The State Should Not Spend More On Public Education. “The candidates — State Sen. Scott Wagner of York County; Paul Mango, a retired health-care consultant, and lawyer Laura Ellsworth, both from the Pittsburgh area — agreed that the state shouldn’t spend more money on public education…” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/06/18]

Wagner Twice Voted Against Restoring Funding For The Safe School Initiative. In April 2017, House Bill 218 eliminated money for the Safe School Initiative. The Senate restored that funding in their version of the budget, and Wagner voted against it in committee and on the floor. [HB 218, General Fund State Appropriations, 4/03/17, Senate Appropriations Committee Vote, Roll Call #391, 6/29/17, RCS# 206, 6/30/17]

HEADLINE: “State Senator Who Can Afford To Charter Helicopters On Whim Says Public Schools Overfunded.” [Huffington Post, 6/05/15]

 

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

 

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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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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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