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Scott Wagner: 'I'm not an angry guy. I'm a passionate guy.'

Written by Jim Hook/Chambersburg Public Opinion | Oct 19, 2018 11:01 AM
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Scott Wagner, candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, was the keynote speaker at the Franklin County Republican Committee's annual Eisenhower Day Dinner on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Orchards Restaurant. (Markell DeLoatch/Chambersburg Public Opinion)

(Chambersburg) -- A subdued Scott Wagner spoke to the Franklin County GOP faithful on Wednesday, less than a week after threatening to "stomp all over" Gov. Tom Wolf's face with golf spikes.

"I'm not a career politician," Wagner said. "I'm not going to be politically correct. I am who I am. People say I'm stiff. Well, I am a little stiff. Don't mistake anger -- I'm not an angry guy. I'm a passionate guy. I'm telling you there are things I see happening in Harrisburg that upset me, and they do make me angry, but at the end of the day, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, I'm going to tell you it's a duck. It's not a moose."

Most polls have Republican Wagner trailing Democratic Wolf by double digits with three weeks left until the Nov. 6 election. Wagner holds to an Aug. 20 poll that has him trailing by just three points. The poll called more than 2,000 voters who had landline telephones.

About 115 people attended the Dwight D. Eisenhower Dinner at the Orchards Restaurant. Wagner, a state senator from York, was the keynote speaker.

"He's a guy that can do," said Dr. Robert Ternes, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party. "He's a fixer. This is something politicians don't do. They pass bills and forget about the problem."

Wagner said this election may be the most crucial election in Pennsylvania for the next 20 years. Should Wolf win, a charismatic attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, is waiting in the wings.

"We're going to win this," Wagner said. "The people of Pennsylvania like what's going on with President Trump. The national economy is booming. We're not tied into that national economy because we have a skilled labor crisis" in Pennsylvania.

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A cutout of Scott Wagner greets visitors in Chambersburg. Scott Wagner, candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, was the keynote speaker at the Franklin County Republican Committee's annual Eisenhower Day Dinner on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Orchards Restaurant. (Markell DeLoatch/Chambersburg Public Opinion)

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Wagner said he has 10 to 12 initiatives to address issues such as the skilled labor crisis, school tax reform and the opioid epidemic. He said Pennsylvania voters will see more done in the first six months of his administration than they've seen in the past 12 years.

"I'm going to drive the agenda from the top down," he said. "It's not going to be driven from the bottom up."

While Wagner did not refer to his Facebook Live video in which he warned Wolf to wear a catcher's mask, he did poke fun at the gubernatorial debate moderated by game show host Alex Trebek.   

"I actually had the opportunity to debate Alex Trebek, the guy from Jeopardy," Wagner said. "Listen I'm just a guy with a couple of garbage trucks trying to make a living, and I get to debate the guy from Jeopardy? Now there was another guy on the stage. I can't remember. He didn't say very much, and he was like he was hiding, and his name was Tom Wolf. The bottom line is we can do so much better."

Wagner said he plans an ad blitz in the final two weeks of the campaign. He will be sending out 1.5 million to 2 million flyers and has a major buy of TV time - nearly 4,500 ads in 16 days, or 280 commercials a day, across the state.

 "The biggest issue we're talking about is school taxes," Wagner said. "On Monday morning at 6 a.m. you're going to think the United State Marines have landed on the beach here in Pennsylvania. We're going to be out there hot and heavy."

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Chambersburg Public Opinion. 

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