PA Gov: Wagner “Tapped Out,” No More Self-Funding
A plea to put more on TV.
Scott Wagner’s campaign released an email a couple of days ago expressing the need for more funds, while claiming a “small number of establishment Republicans” are hoping incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is reelected.
“A lot of people are sitting on the sidelines saying to themselves that Wagner will put more of his own money into the campaign, but with more than $10 million of my own money already invested in this race, I am tapped out,” the email states. “Today, I am appealing to everyone — but especially to the large number of business owners, professionals, and highly successful people who have a mindset that they don’t need to, or won’t make political contributions.”
In the most recent filing period, Wolf finished with $8.9 million in his reelection campaign account, while Wagner has $1.8 million.
Wagner made an emphasis of using the donations needed to get on television.
“I want you to understand that all of the shoe leather, hard work, and grassroots energy will fall short if I am not up on TV in a major way from now until November 6th.”
The email also painted the picture of Wagner, putting himself on the “battlefield,” facing some Republicans in addition to the Democratic party.
“There are a small number of establishment Republicans who are working against me behind the scenes to undermine my campaign,” the email states. “I have put myself out on the battlefield, exposed my family and my businesses to battle Tom Wolf, George Soros, Tom Steyer, government employee unions and other radical groups.”
Wagner boasted about the amount of events he’s attended thus far and claiming he will surpass 800 events by election day as a testament of outworking Wolf.
“I am on a mission to defeat Tom Wolf,” the email states. “I will out work Tom Wolf twenty five to one.”
The GOP candidate also claimed that if Wolf is re-elected, Pennsylvania’s would not be able to afford it.
“If he is re-elected – trust me on this – Tom Wolf will come out of the gate in 2019 with a 6-8 billion dollar tax increase – which will mean an increase of $1500 – $2000 per household,” the email states. “And finally, any chance of eliminating school taxes on the homes of seniors and others goes out the door forever. You can count on that, because no one else will have the guts to get it done.”
During the lone debate and throughout the campaign, Wagner has emphasized not needing the job for Governor from a financial standpoint and touches on it once again in this email.
“I have risked everything to run to become the next Governor of Pennsylvania,” the email states. “Everyone knows that I don’t need this job or the money — and I sure don’t need the public lynching.”