ICYMI: PennLive: Wolf campaign: Scott Wagner ducked votes on Megan’s Law, domestic abuse for politics

* Barely hours after Republican Scott Wagner announced he’d be giving up his Senate seat to focus on his gubernatorial run, Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign launched a lacerating attack accusing the York County pol of putting his political ambitions ahead of the public good.

* In an email blast to political reporters, Wolf’s camp charged that Wagner skipped key votes tightening up the state’s Megan’s Law statute and expanding domestic violence protections so he could attend a conference in New York City put on by the Republican Governors Association.

* This isn’t the first time that Wagner has taken heat for missing votes.  Last December, former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Mango charged that Wagner missed more than 100 votes between 2015 and 2017.


PennLive: Wolf campaign: Scott Wagner ducked votes on Megan’s Law, domestic abuse for politics

By John Micek

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

Barely hours after Republican Scott Wagner announced he’d be giving up his Senate seat to focus on his gubernatorial run, Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign launched a lacerating attack accusing the York County pol of putting his political ambitions ahead of the public good.

In an email blast to political reporters, Wolf’s camp charged that Wagner skipped key votes tightening up the state’s Megan’s Law statute and expanding domestic violence protections so he could attend a conference in New York City put on by the Republican Governors Association.

Wagner’s decision to resign, coupled with his attendance at the the RGA conference “proves that he is the very worst of Harrisburg,” Wolf’s spokeswoman, Beth Melena, said. “Scott Wagner is only interested in furthering his own political ambitions, but his resignation does not erase his long record of supporting education cuts for our children, rolling back health care for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, and throwing seniors out of their nursing homes.”

Wagner was among the confirmed list of attendees at the RGA’s “Corporate Policy Summit,” at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel on East 48th Street. The summit ran from May 22 to May 23.

On those days, Wagner was absent from the Senate for votes on three bills, according to roll calls posted on the Legislature’s official website

Wagner did not cast a ballot on legislation sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin, to fix constitutional problems in Megan’s Law that were raised by the state Supreme Court.

If left unaddressed, some three-quarters of the 20,000 people now required to register might be removed from the list, according to published reports.  The bill passed on a 48-0 vote on May 22. State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, did not vote on the bill, according to a Senate roll call.

That same day, Wagner was also the lone no-show for a vote on a bill sponsored by Sen. Robert Mensch, R-Montgomery, making it a separate crime to commit an act of domestic violence in front of a child. That bill passed on a 49-0 vote.

Wagner didn’t cast a ballot for legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, requiring carbon monoxide detectors in child care facilities including boarding homes for children. That bill passed on May 23 on a 49-0 vote, Senate roll calls show.

In a statement that did not actually address the GOP nominee’s absence, Wagner’s spokesman, Andrew Romeo, said that Wagner has “never missed the chance to cast the tie breaking vote in the Senate,” while Wolf has “singlehandedly blocked legislation time and time again to appease his special interest donors.

“While Scott and his colleagues worked hard to pass comprehensive pension reform, comprehensive liquor reform, legislation to combat the opioid epidemic and even legislation to protect innocent human life, Tom Wolf vetoed all of those bills,” Romeo continued. “Scott knows the people of Pennsylvania are tired of the gridlock and he now views it as his sole responsibility to run a campaign focused on them and to veto Tom Wolf’s second term.”

In follow-up messages, Romeo acknowledged that Wagner missed the votes because he was in New York at the RGA function.

This isn’t the first time that Wagner has taken heat for missing votes.

Last December, former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Mango charged that Wagner missed more than 100 votes between 2015 and 2017.

Without directly addressing the issue, Wagner’s campaign downplayed the attack, calling it a “a desperate attack from a flailing campaign.”

Wagner went on to defeat Mango and Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth in the May 15 Republican primary.

Read the piece here.

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