Seeking the senior vote.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP challenger Scott Wagner’s newest television ads center around vying for the senior vote by accusing their opponent of pushing for higher taxes for the elderly.
Wolf’s 30 second television ad, titled “Came From” shows a senior citizen named Eleanor Guerriero, from Levittown, discussing her fears of a Wagner governorship.
“I know it’s Wagner who wants to tax our retirement income for the first time ever,” Guerriero says in the ad. “I think seniors should be really worried about Scott Wagner.”
Last month, Wolf released an ad sharing a similar message of vying for the senior vote, while trying to make his opponent seem anti-senior citizen.
“Scott Wagner as governor would be disastrous for Pennsylvania’s seniors,” said Karissa Hand, Wolf’s campaign Deputy Communications Director. “He has called seniors the ‘greediest generation’ and said that it angers him that Pennsylvania doesn’t tax seniors’ retirement accounts.”
Hand also accused Wagner of wanting to roll back Medicaid expansion and opposing reducing seniors’ prescription drug costs.
Wagner’s newest 30 second television ad, titled “Seniors” directly refutes Wolf’s claims in his ad and paints Wolf as the anti-senior candidate.
“Don’t believe Tom Wolf’s lies,” says the voiceover to begin the ad. “Scott Wagner isn’t going to tax Senior’s retirement.”
The ad also portrays Wagner standing up to Wolf, while the GOP candidate was a state Senator.
“The reason Tom Wolf is telling these lies is to cover up his own disastrous record on seniors,” said Andrew Romeo, Wagner for Governor spokesman. “Tom Wolf promised property tax relief when he ran in 2014 and then turned around and told seniors they would have to be forced from their homes to fund his education priorities. Scott Wagner will eliminate school property taxes once and for all and is the true champion for seniors in this race.”
The Wolf campaign boasted about his record with seniors during his first term.
“Governor Wolf is dedicated to investing in and improving programs that benefit seniors and reflect their changing needs,” said Hand.
She touted an increase in seniors being able to age in their homes instead of nursing homes, “stabilizing” the Lottery Fund, investing into senior community centers, and advocating for Medicare.
“He is committed to standing in the way of the efforts at the federal level to institute an age tax and roll back prescription drug and health care coverage for our seniors,” Hand said.
Senior citizens and school funding have remained at the forefront of the attacks waged by both candidates thus far in the campaign.