PA-Gov: Wolf Thinks PA Has a “Self-Esteem” Problem (VIDEO)
Gov. Tom Wolf insisted that “the biggest problem in Pennsylvania is low self-esteem” at the National Governors Association panel in Washington, D.C., implying that the Keystone state should do a better job of promoting and touting the state’s assets.
“I’m not saying this is a matter of just confidence, and that kind of thing, but I think one of the things that a good leader does is – and I think as governors we have this opportunity to do that – is to actually tout our own potential, and make sure that we’re not wasting away in part because we don’t think we’re as good as we’re really are,” the Governor said.
He also made sure, however, to not undersell the importance of the state’s educational and economical success.
“I agree with everything…education, we got to build out the infrastructure, we have to make investments to make sure the economy can function, but I think the biggest problem in Pennsylvania is low self-esteem.”
Wolf’s spokesperson, Jeffrey Sheridan, tried to clarify this stance.
“Of course the $2.3 billion deficit Governor Wolf inherited along with a middle class that is burdened and schools that are suffering as a result of his predecessor’s cuts are the greatest challenges Pennsylvania faces,” Sheridan said. “As he has always said, the governor believes Pennsylvania is too modest about promoting its tremendous assets like our natural resources, our universities, our geographic location, our ports, and our great cities – to name only a few. He has said that many times.”
The comments are not dissimilar to sentiments Governor Wolf has expressed in the past, the problem though is political. Ever since President Carter’s 1979 ‘malaise’ speech politicians run from any statement questioning citizen’s confidence in fear of being viewed as weak or critical.
Still, Tom Wolf sold himself as an untypical politician and whether one agrees with him or not, his statement fits into that mold.
Update: PA GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney released the following statement in response to the Governor’s comments:
“Governor Tom Wolf continues to prove just how out of touch he is with Pennsylvania families. Every day, millions of Pennsylvanians are working hard to provide for their families in the face of his looming high tax, big government agenda. Now, Governor Tom Wolf wants to raid family budgets and complain about our attitudes.
Governor Wolf’s decision to call Pennsylvania an ‘underachiever’ is a slap in the face to every hard-working Pennsylvanian in this great Commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the greatest state in America, and Governor Wolf’s public bashing of our great Commonwealth says more about him than it does about Pennsylvania.”