SD-28: Group Attacks Wagner over Past Comments in New Ad (VIDEO)

A new group is taking aim at State Senator Scott Wagner over some past controversial comments.

About a month into his tenure, State Senator Scott Wagner drew statewide headlines when he compared the methods of labor unions to those of Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin.

“The unions are about power and control,” Wagner said on the Senate floor. “And there are two things that I continue to remember about power and control. There was a gentleman by the name of Hitler, he was about power and control. There’s a gentleman by the name of Putin, who’s across the ocean, that’s about power and control.”

Now, “Building a Better Pennsylvania Fund” a labor-backed PAC*, is launching an ad featuring WWII veterans denouncing Wagner’s analogy.

“I’m Henry Ball, I was a labor leader but before that I fought Hitler in World War II,” says one vet. “And I’m appalled that Scott Wagner had the gall to compare labor leaders with that maniac. Shame on him.”

John Vento, another ex-labor leader that fought in WWII, also criticized Wagner.

“I can’t believe that Scott Wagner’s that dumb, to compare me to Hitler.”

Finally, the one-minute spot finishes with Dick Boyd, another labor leader who served in the European theatre.

“I fought Adolf Hitler in Africa, Italy and at the Battle of the Bulge. I don’t know what’s wrong with Scott Wagner but he owes working people an apology,” the York native states. “I have the same conservative York County values that you have. But I’m urging you not to vote for Scott Wagner this year, he just doesn’t get it.”

While Wagner is still a strong favorite for re-election to the heavily Republican district, that didn’t stop his campaign from issuing a response.

“This is what happens when somebody challenges the status quo and seeks to change the system in order to protect taxpayers. The special interests, in this case the Philadelphia Democrat union bosses, spread lies on TV,” Senator Wagner said. “The voters of York County elected me to the Senate in a historic write-in campaign because they want a Senator that is tough-as-nails and will stand up to special interests like this group. I’m now even more motivated in my desire to serve a full 4 year term and work to reform this corrupt system that is working only for the special interests like the Philadelphia-union bosses, instead of taxpayers.”

His campaign also provided a list of the service groups that he has contributed to, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion.

*This article originally referred to the PAC as a part of the PA AFL-CIO. The two are independent from one another.

Update: Rick Bloomingdale, spokesman for Building A Better Pennsylvania Fund sent the following statement to PoliticsPA:

“Building A Better Pennsylvania Fund is an independent coalition of labor unions and concerned citizens from across Pennsylvania that supports candidates who value the interests of our state’s working class families.

Labor leaders fight every day to lift all workers into middle class prosperity. They fight for decent wages, good benefits, and retirement security for everyone—whether they carry a union card or not. Equating these dedicated men and women to tyrannical, violent dictators is disgraceful, and Scott Wagner should be ashamed of himself for doing so.

The voters of York County deserve to know what kind of person is representing them in Harrisburg and asking for their support on November 4th. There is no place for Scott Wagner’s offensive rhetoric in a civilized society, and he owes the people of Pennsylvania an apology.”

7 Responses

  1. WOW, WWII vets ususally get more respect than this twaddle. But, I guess once a union man always a thug. Well, I will thank you for your service to this great country and for your union membership fighting for average Americans just trying to make a living.

  2. Funny how all these reactionary nutjobs can’t seem to figure out whom they’re fighting. They keep talking about this nonexistent “Democrat Party”. Perhaps they were thinking of the Democratic Party? Of course, they never were big fans of education, so semi-literacy is a plausible explanation.

  3. @jmarshak. If memory serves me; this same GOP “establishment” helped put Pat Toomey in office. And let’s not forget, this same GOP “establishment” now holds 13 GOP seats in the House. It would seem to me that they have been working hard to fight the Democrat Party; unlike Wagner who funds CAP who, as we all know only spends money to defeat sitting GOP members of the state House and Senate. It would seem to me, Wagner is the problem, not the other way around.

  4. These are the same union thugs who back Pileggi and the Asher/Gleason GOP establishment. When was the last time the PA GOP fought any Democrat as hard as they’re fighting Wagner? Their incompetence has already handed the Governor’s Mansion to Tom Wolf and PA to the Democrats in the last 6 Presidential elections.

    You’re getting to them, Senator Wagner! Keep up the good work!

  5. If your not from Philadelphia, rule #1 is “Blame Philadelphia”. Some elected officials make a whole career out of blamimg Philadelphia and retire many years later happily ever after.

  6. Actually, Wagner has not been endorsed by those groups. If you read wagner’s statement correctly, it states that either Wagner or his companies have provided support to those groups.

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