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Pa. Dems Push Wagner on ACA Repeal, Wagner Pushes Own Narrative in New Video

20170322_110557The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is pushing State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner (R-York) for his stance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal.  The party submitted over 1,900 petition signatures to Wagner’s official office in Harrisburg calling on Wagner to end his stance on the repeal of the ACA.  

“[Wagner] is running for statewide office, the the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is going to have very serious implications on Pennsylvanians… this is going to affect Pennsylvanians all throughout the commonwealth and he is going to have to answer to that, ” Pa. Dems Communications Director Beth Melena said in an interview with PoliticsPA.  Melena used to work in Governor Tom Wolf’s communications department before switching over to the party.  

The signatures came from 63 counties across Pennsylvania.  

“If you support our seniors, children, and working Pennsylvanians who have benefited from Obamacare, do the right thing and support affordable, quality health care for all,” the petition reads in part.  

The GOP primary is still 14 months away, but the Democratic Party is acting like Wagner is already the nominee.  The intensity and focus of the attacks is reminiscent of the party’s messaging against during the re-election efforts of former Governor Tom Corbett, rather than messaging they have had over the last 2 years.  

The party has been pushing Wagner on the ACA repeal, and to comment on the American Health Care Act, including holding a protest at York City Hall calling on Wagner to give his position on the bill.  

PoliticsPA has reached out to Wagner’s campaign for comment.  

Meanwhile Wagner’s campaign has been continuing the Senator’s statewide introduction and building its own narrative.  

Wagner’s campaign released its second video today, about why Wagner is running for Governor.

“The reason for my candidacy is simple, I don’t do well when I hit the wall.  So I have chosen to take action and become the next Governor and be elected in 2018,” Wagner said in the video.  

In the video, Wagner runs through the growth of the Republican caucus in the Senate since his arrival, growing from 27 members to a veto-proof majority of 34 members currently.  

The video will help his campaign set the story of Wagner, and his time in the Senate and what drives him to run for Governor.

Update: “Scott Wagner is the ultimate Harrisburg politician, so it shouldn’t surprise us that he spends his time defending the legislature and the culture of Harrisburg instead of actually working to fix Harrisburg and get things done for Pennsylvania,” Melena said in an email.  

You can watch the video below.

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  3. Scott Wagner is another businessman? who got where he is on the backs of others. He wants to abolish unions and turn PA into a right to work state. If enacted the only right will be the right to lower wages.

  4. Whistleblower-

    If only they would spend all that “campaigning” time trying to elect Dems to the state legislature….

  5. @oh Jimmy Wolf is an embarrassment. His staff has still not stopped campaigning. Are they ever gonna Govern? Ever? Like really Ever. ?! They are literally running a campaign against every Democrat in the state that could stand in Shapiros way in a decade! Only further insuring division and defeat. This is ugly.

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  7. Oh Jimmy Boy-

    Those look like annual salaries, and I’m pretty sure that the 1,900 signatures were not collected over the course of an entire year, by all the people listed, nor was that the only thing they worked on.

    As for the other posters-
    Yeah, I agree, that Wagner couldn’t give two f*cks about 1,900 signatures, and was probably encouraged by there being so few.

  8. Wolfrats
    Mary Wage 198,000
    Obie Wage 148,000
    Sin Wage 98,000
    Corey Wage 57,000
    Beth Wage 46,000
    Total PaPa Wolf paying $547,000.00 to collect 1,900 signatures
    Cost $288.00 per signature.
    Stupid is as stupid does.
    Stop the political stunts “you look like fools”
    Wagner is a state senator not US. He has NO vote on ACA double stupid

  9. So, why are Pennsylvania’s Democrats pushing Wagner on ACA repeal? Don’t they have a governor already (if they are confused about this, they should see Mr. Wolf, Executive Mansion, Harrisburg)? Is it just possible that they are hedging their bets regarding a possible change come 2018? Are they looking beyond Wolf?

    And they should worry about the demise of Obamacare, as its repeal would eliminate various gravy trains the state had with the Obama administration via the ACA. All these programs should have been paid for by the state. But under the ACA the Feds provided money supporting the Wolf administration’s patronage system in the health sector. And Republicans benefitted enough from backdoor arrangements to go along with it.

    If there are no more ACA monies, there will have to be forced re-prioritization of spending by state government. Previous budget discussions were dominated by the charade about how the Wolf administration would settle with the Republican majority in the legislature regarding party patronage. With ACA repeal there stands to be a real cutoff of monies that will hopefully force long-needed change. Wagner, if elected, will have to deal with a changed fiscal landscape.

  10. Headline: Wolf employees collect 1900 signatures in support of his agenda
    = 28.3 voters per 67 counties.
    Good lord
    How humiliating

  11. When will there be accountability at the state party? 1,900 signatures is a joke. Why even submit such a paltry showing.

  12. “There is a right and a wrong in the universe and that distinction is not hard to make.”
    Wolf is wicked for PA, for the Democrats
    corruption around him, a fool I say, a fool. Wolf closes is eyes.

  13. Riddle me this batman how many EXWolfRATS will the party get STUCK with?
    Who leaves a state job paying $96,000 to work for a political party?? Holy cow batman.
    Is daddy wolf compensating the state Party?
    “Enough madness? Enough? And how do you measure madness? Gaze at wolf administration
    I can’t believe in miracles, in a God who looks down on us, dispensing his unfathomable brand of justice when and if he wills. Watch the back door deals of the wolfrats.

  14. Oooooooh! An online petition from Democratic activists facilitated presumably by an e-mail blast. A whole 1,900 people out of a state of 12.8 million, you say? Wagner must be running in fear!

  15. 1,900 signatures? Scotty doesn’t get out of bed for less than 10,000 signatures.

  16. Sen Wagner: “I don’t do well when I hit the wall”

    Who really does well when hitting the wall?

    Don’t drink and drive.

    Your terrible policies certainly make people want to bang their heads against the wall.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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