Missed Votes and Party Switches Pushed Back Against Wagner
According to York County voting records, Wagner did not vote in the general elections in 1978, 1989, 1991, and 2001. He also did not vote 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2002 Republican primaries.
“Scott Wagner’s team has spent months attacking Paul Mango’s voting record. In fact, just this past Election Day, rather than trying to support the get-out-the-vote efforts for our judicial candidates, Wagner’s campaign tweeted out these attacks,” Mango campaign communications advisor Matt Beynon said in a statement.
On election day last week, Ray Zaborney, a consultant for Wagner’s campaign, tweeted at Mango to ‘remind’ him to vote in the election.
— Ray Zaborney (@raythemaverick) November 7, 2017
Three of the years Wagner did not vote in the general were off year elections, as were five of the years he did not vote in the Republican primary.
In 2002 Wagner did vote in the Democratic primary, after switching his party registration for about a month because he “did not want to see Bob Casey Jr. as our governor” according to the York Daily Record. Wagner voted for eventual winner and Governor Ed Rendell.
Mango’s campaign added that the move “the epitome of the Harrisburg insider ‘do as I say and not as I do’ attitude” and that the Wagner campaign should “do some ‘basic research’ about their own record” on Wagner’s record.
Wagner’s campaign responded to the push by going on the offensive against the Mango campaign’s assertions, especially that Wagner is an ‘insider.’
“On every issue Republicans care about, Scott Wagner will put his record up against Paul Mango. Mango talks about attacking fellow republicans, but their entire campaign has been built around attacking Scott. Trying to convince people scott is a harrisburg insider is as ridiculous as trying to convince people that Mango isn’t a Paulie come lately to the conservative cause,” Wagner’s campaign manager Jason High said in an email.
Mango’s campaign had come under fire earlier this year for the same reason, he had not voted in many odd year elections since 1988.
These types of attacks will not likely resonate with the general public, but matter to state party members who will be voting on a candidate to endorse at the PA GOP’s winter meeting early next year. As the meeting draws closer, these types of attacks between the campaigns will continue to come out as they look to secure the party’s endorsement.
Pittsburgh businesswoman Laura Ellsworth is also running for Governor.