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Wagner Backs Bartos for Senate

An endorsement from his old running mate. 

Former state Senator and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner endorsed Jeff Bartos for U.S. Senate. 

According to a press release from the Bartos campaign, the two campaigned together in southwest Pennsylvania on Thursday. 

Wagner lauded Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018, as the best man for the job and expressed confidence in his candidacy.

“Jeff is the best man for the job, he is the real deal. I know Jeff will win this seat, and he’ll be one hell of a Senator,” Wagner said to local press, according to the Bartos campaign. 

“Barnstorming Southwest PA today with my good friend Scott Wagner. I loved campaigning with Scott in 2018, and I’m honored to have his support in my race for US Senate,” Bartos tweeted on Thursday afternoon. 

In 2017, Bartos initially announced a bid for Pennsylvania’s 2018 U.S. Senate race, but ended his campaign to join state Sen. Scott Wagner’s campaign as his lieutenant governor candidate.

Bartos received just under 47% of the vote in the four candidate 2018 GOP primary to secure the nomination for Lt. Governor. Wagner secured 44% of the vote in the three candidate 2018 GOP primary to earn the nomination for Governor. 

Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman bested Wagner and Bartos by 17 points in the 2018 general election. 

Bartos also completed his twelve day, 67 county tour of Pennsylvania over the weekend. Bartos is the “first statewide candidate of either party to visit each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties this cycle, to our knowledge,” according to his campaign. 

Bartos is currently one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022. 

Kathy Barnette, a veteran and conservative commentator who was the GOP nominee for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in 2020; Sean Gale, an attorney; Sean Parnell, a combat veteran and author who was the GOP nominee for the 17th Congressional District in 2020; Carla Sands, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark; Craig Snyder, a political consultant and former chief of staff to Sen. Arlen Specter; Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, have all formally declared their intentions for the GOP nomination in the race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. 

According to the FEC, James Edward Hayes, John Debellis, Martin Rosenfeld, and Robert Jeffries have also filed statements of candidacy.

8 Responses

  1. Barletta is going to run away with the GOP nomination. He is EVERYWHERE and running a great campaign.

  2. Bartos is building his coalition, Wagner appeals to some in Republicans. Going to take Republicans coming together to win keep this seat, which is key to the future of our country. At no time have basic Republican and Democratic policy differences been so clear. Will be remain a democracy for hard working, independent minded people or become a socialist catch-all for the world?

    1. Maybe we should await the “Coronation” of the beloved Orange Blob on Friday the 13th. This would make this country under the rule of dictatorship. Isn’t that best for the independent and hard-working people of this country??!!

  3. The Republican Governor’s race is the problem. Without question Lou is the best candidate and can run in all 67 counties. He’s run statewide before and that is a huge asset. The rest of the field for Republicans is not ideal. They are uninteresting and ideologues and windbags.

    1. Campaigning with “Loser” Scott Wagner. That should definitely help…????????????????????????

    2. Sooooooo lets get this straight, because Lou got absolutely shredded by Sleepy Bob Casey, that is a positive? He can’t raise money. He can’t get any attention outside of Hazleton. He’s a failed candidate and its still 2021.

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