Wagner Talks Issues, Meets Supporters At Local Rally

September 13, 2018
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Wagner Talks Issues, Meets Supporters At Local Rally

PLAINS TWP. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner repeatedly said he was worried about voter “complacency” during a campaign visit Wednesday where he sought to invigorate local supporters to get behind his candidacy.

During the rally at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wagner vowed to eliminate school property taxes, implement a strategy to reverse the opioid crisis and grow the Pennsylvania economy.

“I’m on a mission to shake up the status quo,” Wagner said. “I’m going to get it done. Trust me when I tell you this.”

Wagner, a former state senator from York County who resigned to focus on the campaign, blasted incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, saying he has accomplished little in four years. He bashed Wolf for only agreeing to do one debate ahead of November’s election.

“I want to discuss the issues in front of the people of Pennsylvania,” Wagner said.

Wagner touted himself as a rags-to-riches American success story who grew up on a farm and learned hard work at an early age. He’s now the millionaire owner of several waste-hauling businesses.

“I’m a trash guy. I’m ready to take out the trash,” he said.

Wagner told the crowd of about 200 people not to believe some polls that have him trailing by as much as 14 points.

He reminded them of his improbable win in his run for state Senate in a March 2014 special election, where he became the first candidate in the body’s history to win as a write-in candidate. Wagner captured 48 percent of the vote against a Republican and Democrat candidate in that race.

Wagner kept saying he was worried about voter complacency and implored supporters to get their friends and neighbors out to vote for him.

“I need help from each and every one of you,” Wagner said. “If you want someone who is going to fight for you, vote for me and get rid of this guy.”

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