PA Society Weekend Recap: Attendance Still Strong, Despite Venue and Date Change
One of the biggest stories coming out of the PMA seminar was Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s (R-York) comments going after different candidates in the race.
Wagner reportedly called out all three of his Republican opponents during his remarks, and made pointed criticism of Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Governor Tom Wolf.
When discussing his decision to name his LG candidate, Wagner reportedly pointed to Stack while remarking that he “doesn’t even like his running mate.”
On the Republican side, Wagner’s named LG candidate Jeff Bartos is the only candidate officially in the race. That will likely change before the holidays with multiple people saying former state Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster), who did not make the trip up to New York, will be entering the race.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango’s campaign was rumored to have been making calls in the weeks leading up the PA Society looking for a candidate to join his ticket as the LG candidate.
On the Democratic side, while LG candidate Aryanna Berringer did not attend the weekend, state Rep. Madeleine Dean made the rounds of many of the events.
The main event, the PA Society dinner, was held at the Hilton Midtown while the usual Waldorf Astoria is undergoing renovations, causing receptions to be scattered throughout the city. Many speculated that would cause a drop in attendance, but reports from many events were that they had the same or more attendees than usual. Jokingly, some blamed the rumors of low attendance on the Society honoring the Sheetz family, continuing the Sheetz/Wawa divide in the state.
The top overheard quote coming out of the weekend was “Lou Barletta looks like Liberace.”