Meet the Candidate

The Curmudgeon would like to introduce you to Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.  To be more precise, The Curmudgeon is reintroducing you to Wagner; he has written about Wagner before (herehere, and here.)

Wagner is trailing the Democratic incumbent in the polls, and after spending millions of his own dollars to get nominated he’s now running out of money and has discovered few people interested in opening up their wallets to help him.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so last week Wagner made, and posted to Facebook,  a video about him and his race for governor.

Among the statements Wagner makes in the video:

Somewhere yesterday your people said that I’ve raised a white flag. Well, Gov. Wolf, let me tell you, between now and Nov. 6, you better put a catcher’s mask on your face. Because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I’m gonna win this for the state of Pennsylvania.

Also, there’s this:

And we’re throwing you out of office, because I’m sick and tired of your negative ads.

To be fair, Wagner’s video begins with a Wolf billboard The Curmudgeon agrees is unfair.  For the most part, however, most of Wolf’s campaign ads have been negative only in a very unusual way: they barely acknowledge Wagner’s existence, which, for a guy like Wagner, may be the unkindest cut of all.

The video was so bad that Wagner eventually took it down off his campaign’s Facebook page and apologized.  (You may be able to see it here, but every time The Curmudgeon finds a new site that still has the video, it disappears an hour later.)  Even the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Steve Scalise, wrote on Twitter that “there is absolutely no place in our politics for this kind of rhetoric.”

There are plenty of good, decent Republicans in Pennsylvania and many current Republican elected officials who would be appealing candidates for governor. It’s too bad the party’s lunatic fringe chose Scott Wagner to be their standard-bearer in November.  The Curmudgeon hopes they are deeply embarrassed – because they should be.






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