Wagner launched his campaign for Governor in January, the first Republican candidate to officially announce.
“The proceeds of this year’s dinner will go directly toward supporting President Trump’s agenda, defeating liberal politicians like Tom Wolf and winning this year’s crucial statewide judicial elections,” wrote party Chairman Rob Gleason.
Allegheny County businessman Paul Mango is considering throwing his hat into the ring. Several other candidates are rumored to be eying the primary – including former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana), and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler).
The speaking slot plays to Wagner’s strategy: deter other prospective candidates by locking in support early from party activists and regulars.
Next weekend’s state committee meeting will also feature an election choose Gleason’s successor. The dinner will be held at the Hershey Lodge. Follow PoliticsPA for an event preview and coverage during the event.
Disclosure: The author formerly worked for the Pa. Republican Party.