Is Scott Wagner the Pa. Donald Trump? The case for & against


Scott Wagner, a York County state senator and the president of waste-hauling company, answers questions from the panel during a debate between Republican gubernatorial candidates at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (Photo: Chris Knight, The Associated Press)

(York) — In a recent fundraising email, Scott Wagner used a phrase that helped Donald Trump win in 2016: “Drain The Swamp.”

That was the subject line of the March 27 email.

“I know we can start off strong and give the Harrisburg swamp dwellers a big scare if we reach our first quarter goal for the election year,” Wagner said.

That swamp reference is just one of many similarities between the president and Wagner, a York County businessman who made millions of dollars leading waste hauling companies.

The comparison has been made many times. Wagner and Trump share a brash style and populist appeal, said Chris Borick, a pollster and political science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

That might help Wagner win his party’s nomination in the May 15 primary. Wagner is running against two Republicans from Allegheny County: Paul Mango, a former health care systems consultant, and attorney Laura Ellsworth.

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