Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango’s campaign is calling out fellow candidate state Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) for describing Mango’s West Point education as a “free education” on WHTM’s Sunday morning show This Week in Pennsylvania.
During an appearance on WHTM’s This Week in Pennsylvania, Wagner was asked for his thoughts on Mango and his candidacy.
“Mango is probably a nice person, I have never met the gentleman. He went to West Point, he got a free education. He will be quick to tell people that he has an MBA from Harvard. That means that he is supposedly smarter than others,” Wagner said during the show.
“Senator Wagner’s comments were below the office he seeks, an insult to the National Guardsmen he hopes to command as governor, and he owes Paul Mango and all veterans in Pennsylvania an apology for his ignorant comments,” said Brandon Rumbaugh, a member of the Veterans for Mango coalition and a double-amputee veteran of Afghanistan.
Mango attended West Point, as did his wife and daughter. Mango’s daughter currently serves in the Army in Korea.
“We were sort of a little speechless to be honest with you that he would be this flippant and dismissive of people who want to serve their country,” Mango campaign spokesman Matt Beynon told the Patriot News.
Wagner’s campaign manager Jason High told the Patriot News that Wagner has donated over $102,000 to veterans’ organizations over the last three years.
During the show, Wagner also hit Mango on his record of missing primary election votes. Mango did admit to missing those votes, and said he “wish[ed] I would have been more active politically earlier in my life.”
While the primary election is not until May 15th, both candidates are fighting to position themselves as the strongest candidate for the PA GOP’s Winter meeting when the party will likely endorse a candidate for the primary.