Vice President Mike Pence officially endorsed Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner at a fundraiser Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
The event, at which donors were asked to contribute up to $50,000, raised money for the Republican Governors Association.
Pence tweeted out his endorsement from his personal account last night after his appearance with Wagner:
Proud to be in Philadelphia today campaigning for @realScottWagner– the next great governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Scott will fight for all the hardworking people of Pennsylvanian! Support Scott Wagner & #FixPA!
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) June 20, 2018
And Wagner happily accepted:
Thank you for your support tonight, @mike_pence! I look forward to working with you and @realDonaldTrump to make sure Pennsylvania sees the benefits of the national economic boom. #FixPA https://t.co/akYWqo3J60
— Scott R. Wagner (@realScottWagner) June 20, 2018
Though Wagner has never shied away from public disputes, he has recently worked to project a softer tone, with a new ad likening his view of the governorship as a customer service role.
Tuesday’s event, however, firmly ties the Republican nominee to the Trump administration.
Almost immediately after Pence’s visit became known, hundreds of protesters coordinated to welcome Pence to the Rittenhouse Hotel. Organizers said they planned to line the streets with shoes, representing the thousands of children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border over the last few weeks.
It even featured a special “welcome” from state Rep. Brian Sims.
Wagner continued to fundraise off the appearance today, sending emails to supporters boasting of a booming national economy and successful Trump administration policies.
The email even referenced Sims’ Facebook post, and asked supporters for help fighting people with that “kind of close-minded, failing attitude.”