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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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Independent Watchdogs Sound Alarm on Wagner’s Conflicts of Interest, Underscoring Need to See Tax Returns

Yesterday, The Caucus published a deep dive into Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s extensive conflicts of interest, underscoring the need for him to release his tax returns

Pennsylvania – Yesterday, The Caucus published a deep dive into Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s extensive conflicts of interest, underscoring the need for him to release his tax returns. Wagner has many business interests and contracts with the state, but he is refusing to put his assets in a blind trust or recuse himself from his business operations should he be elected governor. If elected, Wagner would have the power to appoint top officials in state government for departments that have extensive oversight of his businesses.

“Independent watchdogs are sounding the alarm about Scott Wagner’s conflicts of interest,” said Beth Melena, communications director for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Wagner is the first gubernatorial candidate in 20 years not to release his tax returns, and as these watchdogs point out, those tax records are critical for voters to know more information about his conflicts of interest and how they will impact his decisions if elected governor. Scott Wagner must immediately release his tax returns.”

Read more about why Wagner’s business dealings and refusal to release his tax returns are so concerning here:

Wagner has declined to release any portion of his tax returns, breaking with a decadeslong custom in Pennsylvania’s governor’s race. Wolf publicly released the first two pages of his return and made the entire 102- page return available to a journalist for review. Wagner has said he does not want his employees to know how much he is paid.

If Wagner wins the election, critics worry that his diverse portfolio of investments could present conflicts and wonder about his ability to maintain a hands-off approach with regard to his businesses. While he was in the Senate, Wagner maintained control of those operations; Penn Waste received $578,000 in payments from the state for wastehauling services, according to the Treasury. Eagle Disposal received $97,000, according to PennWatch records.

Both companies have been prequalified by the Department of General Services for access to as much as $15 million in business through a state-run cooperative purchasing program. By being in the pool of vendors, the companies have access to a group of more than 8,600 purchasers.

Government watchdogs say Penn Waste’s state contracts alone should require Wagner to provide the public with additional disclosures, preferably tax records that show income from wages, capital gains, dividends — each listed individually by source.

“As governor, there would be opportunities for him to enrich his business through state contracts that would facilitate the trash-hauling business. It boils down to divestiture or recusal. If he is refusing to divest, then he must be held accountable and fully disclose his business interest,” said Craig Holman, of Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based organization.

David Thornburgh, the president of the good-government organization Committee of Seventy, said Wagner’s large business portfolio and his contracts with the state necessitate he release his tax returns.

“Voters want to know that their officials are considering legislation for the right reasons: to benefit the communities and the people they represent, that there’s no sidebar deal that would help their individual business or individual interests,” he said. “If people lose that confidence, it devalues the whole system. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that if people lose confidence, they may be less likely to vote or lose sight of the legislative process.” [The Caucus, 10/24/18]

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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