Sen. Wagner Selected as Next SRCC Chair

scott-wagnerWell, this is a bit of a surprise.

State Sen. Scott Wagner has been appointed the Senate Republican Campaign Committee Chairman for 2015-2016.

The first-term Senator from the 28th district in York County is well-known for his past conflicts with leadership.

In fact, just ten months ago, the very SRCC that he’ll be leading tried to defeat him. During last year’s special election, an especially negative ad from the group accused Wagner of trying to sue an elderly widow.

“What will he do to us if he gets into power?,” that commercial asked.

Senator Scarnati ignored the past differences and asserted Sen. Wagner will be a great asset to the SRCC.

“Senator Wagner has proven through his help during the 2014 election cycle that he will provide strong leadership to the SRCC and will lead our caucus through the upcoming elections,” Sen. Scarnati said. “I am confident that with Senator Wagner’s help we will be able to expand our majority in 2016.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve the SRCC in this position,” Sen. Wagner responded. “During the 2014 election cycle and through my multiple campaigns, I applied my private sector experience to campaigning and was able to find ways to be highly effective and win elections. I look forward to bringing those same principles to the SRCC to allow us to continue to grow our Republican majority in the Senate.”

This move is a consequence of a shift in the balance of power that is taking place under new Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. Wagner was the first Senator to call for a challenge against the man Corman ousted, Sen. Dominic Pileggi.

Under Pileggi’s leadership, Wagner was deemed an pariah. Now that Corman is in charge, the York County Senator is one of the leaders in the Senate GOP.

13 Responses

  1. Let’s see how well Sen. Wagner plays defence against malcontent Republican candidates like he was a little while ago.

  2. Yes, and you can lose your home if you do not pay your municipal and county taxes, too.

  3. This election year, some incumbents and challengers realized that, despite years of property tax relief efforts, property taxes are still rising. This culminated in the election of several supporters of the Property Tax Independence Act (House and Senate bills 76) in Pennsylvania.

    One item that kept coming up during conversations about HB/SB 76: How it would affect the poor. The Heritage Foundation recently released a report, “The War on Poverty After 50 Years.”.

    One statistic stuck out: “Forty-two percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.”.

    As it stands right now, current law does not allow for true home ownership in Pennsylvania.

    Pennsylvania homeowners, including those less fortunate, can lose their home because they simply could not pay their ever-rising school taxes. I think all Pennsylvania homeowners would agree that no tax should have the power to leave you homeless.

  4. As long as Wagner is politically alive — and he will be, for quite some time — we can always be sure of finding the enemy on the Low Road. There is no need to look anywhere else for the evil bastard.

  5. Since Wagner has a history of opposing moderate Senators for not being “conservative enough” does this mean he will oppose members like Dave Argall…like he did when he gave money to CAP to defeat him?

    Being chair of SRCC means one thing….to win elections! Wagner has been about being “conservative” first. Interesting to see how this will play out

  6. The moral of this story folks is: The party of the rich is using a rich man to get into the pockets of other rich men.

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