Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s campaign launched a new ad Monday showcasing his desire to help Philadelphia — an area he said has been neglected under Gov. Tom Wolf.
In the new digital ad, titled “How Can I Help You?” Wagner says there’s a chance for politicians to “do something different” to fix some of the state’s problems.
He points to Philadelphia schools, where some older buildings have paint peeling off the walls that ends up falling onto children’s desks for them to accidentally ingest.
“They’re eating the paint flakes,” he says. “Meanwhile, 10 miles from here — in another county — they’re building a $150 million complex. But the complex is so grand, that when you walk inside, you need a special lift to change lightbulbs. … What’s wrong with this picture?”
Wagner accuses the governor of standing by “as the Philadelphia school system has fallen apart.”
Wagner said he will be the first governor “in generations” to prioritize Philadelphia. Earlier this month, he threatened to mow the grass at Malcolm X Park if officials didn’t send someone out to better maintain the grounds.
“Year after year, the people of Philadelphia have gone to the polls only to vote for higher taxes, inferior educational opportunities and more poverty,” said campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo. “Scott’s candidacy is about reaching out to the forgotten people of Philadelphia, and all Pennsylvanians who have been left behind, and making the case that they deserve better than the status quo.”
Wolf spokeswoman Beth Melena said Wagner is the last person looking out for the interests of Philadelphians, and especially not its schools.
“Wagner supported the Harrisburg Republican billion-dollar cut to education that devastated Philadelphia schools and led to massive layoffs, program cuts and forced Philadelphia schools to the brink of not being able to open on time, and being forced to cut transportation and security,” she said.
Melena said Wagner has consistently voted against restoring education funding and has opposed school safety programs.