The Corbett campaign has been down in the polls for quite awhile, but the state’s Republican party is trying to find a way to change that by accusing Democratic nominee Tom Wolf of a major gaffe.
This morning, the PA GOP released a video which they assert shows Wolf insulting gun-owners last week at the Penn State Ag Progress Days.
The hastily assembled web video contrasts Corbett’s and Wolf’s Second Amendment records, and contains a short part of Wolf’s speech.
“By the way, I was going around to say ‘Hi’ to different people earlier before the speaker started and if you just thought I was just trying to be nice, it wasn’t that, I was looking for weapons,” Wolf says.
The video then cuts out, repeating the “looking for weapons” section. As a result, it is difficult to get any sense of context for the remark or what the reaction of the crowd was.
In a clip provided to PoliticsPA by the PA GOP that runs a couple of seconds after the web video, it appears that the crowd laughs at the joke, though you can judge for yourself.
The state Republican Party feels these remarks are similar to those made by then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008 about how some people “get bitter and cling to guns.” According to the GOP, this proves that both Wolf and Obama are “looking down their noses” at gun owners.
“Tom Wolf’s comments exposed an unsettling truth: he shares Barack Obama’s passive disdain for Pennsylvania’s rural communities,” PA GOP Chair Rob Gleason said. “It’s troubling to learn that Tom Wolf thinks it’s funny to go ‘looking for weapons’ on Pennsylvania citizens who just trying to enjoy their local summer event. Tom Wolf doesn’t view Pennsylvania’s gun owners as proud citizens of our communities; he views them as the easy targets of an offensive remark.”
Wolf campaign officials were dismissive towards the video, explaining that the candidate was clearly joking, fully supports the Second Amendment and that this is just an attempt by the Corbett team to distract from their poor economic record and administrative turmoil.
Regardless of whether you believe Wolf’s statement reveals anything or not, what is absolutely clear is that the gubernatorial campaign is exponentially heating up with fall just around the corner. So, expect many more of these kinds of attacks between now and November 4th.