PLAINS TWP. — Pennsylvania’s race for governor continues to heat up in the Northeast, with Republican nominee Scott Wagner telling over 250 people at a Wednesday rally at The Woodlands Inn that he would reduce taxes, reduce mandated regulations and increase fiscal responsibility.
Wagner also took a few jabs at Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Wagner, who began his remarks leading the Pledge of Allegiance, said he, unlike Wolf, is well-acquainted with hard work and sacrifice.
“I remember one night when I was young, our family was eating pot roast and potatoes and my father was eating saltines with coffee poured over them,” he said. “I asked my father what he was eating and he said, ‘saltine soup,’ because I don’t think we had the money for another serving of pot roast.”
John and Mary Petrucci, of Exeter, were attending the event, lauding Wagner’s down-home roots and pragmatism.
“Wolf wants to tax gas companies,” said John Petrucci. “Who’s going to pay if he taxes gas companies? The people using gas.”
Mary Petrucci said Wolf’s policies had negatively impacted senior citizens.
“That’s definitely a big issue for me,” she said. “Older people and senior citizens.”
Frank Holden, who traveled nearly an hour from Laceyville to attend the rally, believes Wagner will reduce individual taxes if elected.
“Trump has reduced business taxes,” he said. “Now Wagner wants to take care of Pennsylvania.”
Holden said Wagner’s experience as a businessman qualifies him to oversee finances and to increase the stability of Pennsylvanians.
“He employs a lot of people,” said Holden, referencing Wagner’s trash business, Penn Waste. “And he understands the value of work.”
Sue Henry, a longtime radio host who is running on the GOP ticket for a state House seat, drew laughter from the crowd when she noted:“It’s really good to be behind the microphone again.”
Henry asked the crowd about the single most important issue of the election. The responses included “taxes,” “regulation,” and “illegal immigration.”
Henry herself believes the key issue is property taxes.
“A lot of you who haven’t had a child in school for many years or who have never had a child in school are paying thousands of dollars in school property taxes,” she said. “It’s a disgrace.”
Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the state’s Republican Party, called Wolf “the angriest governor,” citing his failure to pass several state budgets on time, refusing to hear from key Republican legislators, and preventing social services from being delivered to those in need.
DiGiorgio said his faith in Wagner was vested in his character and commitment to residents of the state.
“I’ve spent a of time with Scott and I know him well,” said DiGiorgio.
In closing, Wagner said, “When I get to Harrisburg, I’m not going to be the Republican Scott Wagner, I’ll represent everyone. If you’re a Democrat here tonight come up afterwards. I’d love to meet you.”