BREAKING: Wagner Endorses Stephens for AG

Todd-StephensState Sen. Scott Wagner is one of the most conservative legislators in Harrisburg and is therefore revered by many on the right.

Today, he threw his support behind State Rep. Todd Stephens in the 2016 GOP primary for Attorney General. Stephens is running against Wagner’s fellow State Senator John Rafferty.

“We need a Republican Attorney General that has the skills, background, and experience needed to keep our communities safe,” Wagner stated. “Todd Stephens is a proven prosecutor who has experience and a track record for prosecuting criminals.”

“I determine who to support based off of the same principles that are used in the private sector business world to find the best candidates – I look at experience and background,” the State Senator continued. “Todd and I do not agree on every issue, but I know he will be a no-nonsense Attorney General who will keep us safe and stand up against anyone who breaks the law.”

“I appreciate Senator Wagner’s willingness to compare all of the candidates and their experiences to determine who can lead best lead the legal efforts of our commonwealth,” Stephens responded. “I am honored that Senator Wagner has determined that I am the best qualified to serve as Attorney General.”

7 Responses

  1. Guzzardi endorses Morganelli with one disclaimer [“My only reluctance is John Morganelli’s less than full support of the Second Amendment”] that ignores a far greater concern.

    Regarding legislation to modernize PA’s Special Prosecutor Law without embedding the potential for abuse, “Cognizant of those problems, Pennsylvania lawmakers purposely put a five-year limit on the state’s special prosecutor law, said Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, who has introduced a new special prosecutor law, which has not gotten a committee hearing.”

    Yet, “Morganelli said he believes the bill would give too much power to special prosecutors to investigate criminal matters involving public officials. The state’s 67 district attorneys and the attorney general already have authority to do that, he said.”

    Therefore, it seems that Morganelli opposes the intrusion of independent investigative forces that could enhance those extant [that appear controlled by his colleagues, even as DA-Ferman labors on against AG-Kane]; one wonders what he [and Guzzardi] would fear were others so-empowered, in addition.

  2. Given that Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery County), Republican Senator Scott Wagner, who is independent of the state Republican party and Republican Senate Leadership, almost, had no choice except to endorse Todd Stephens as the Republican nominee for Attorney General. Senator Wagner’s early endorsement exposes the John Rafferty’s record as not only corporate crony of highway contractors and vendors (and their union allies ) raising taxes on everyone but also as a union endorsed opponent of Paycheck Protection.

    Even as a RedState, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz Second Amendment Republican, it is clear that the Democrat John Morganelli is far more qualified than either John Rafferty or Todd Stephens. My only reluctance is John Morganelli’s less than full support of the Second Amendment. John Morganelli has trial experience including trying death penalty cases to verdict and he has managed a prosecutor’s office. Let us see if the Republicans can do better than an experienced party hack or an inexperienced state representative. How many cases has Todd Stephens tried to verdict?

  3. Todd Stephens is an outstanding candidate and regardless of your political affliliation, is the right person for the job of AG. He will mark a return to normalcy and ethical standards to the office and execute faithfully to the laws of PA.

  4. Wait, I’m confused. Kathleen Kane will clearly be our Attorney General for another four years, so why is this guy running against her?

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