Yesterday in Glenside, Harrisburg Insider Scott Wagner dismissively told a woman who asked him if his financial support from the oil and gas industry is related to his denial of climate change, “you’re young and naïve.” While Wagner’s comments are offensive, they’re unfortunately what we’ve come to expect from Wagner as his campaign struggles to gain traction with Pennsylvania voters. Wagner has a history of anger problems, and has even been called “violent” by other Republicans. Last week, he became increasingly flustered when a voter asked Wagner about his campaigning with a cult that teaches women to obey their husbands or face death. Wagner previously told the cult members he agreed with them on “98% of the issues.”
“Since he said last week he agrees on 98% of the issues with a misogynistic cult that teaches women to be obedient to men or face death, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised Scott Wagner would dismissively talk down to a woman who politely asked him about his record,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “There’s nothing ‘naive’ about accurately pointing out Scott Wagner is bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. Scott Wagner dismissively talking down to women won’t change that or save his floundering campaign.”
Wagner has taken at least $219,250 from the oil and gas industry, including $193,000 from a single donor who owns a petroleum terminal. In turn, Wagner has been steadfast in his denial of climate change. But while he does the bidding of his Big Oil benefactors, Wagner is trying to hide it from Pennsylvania voters. Two weeks ago, at a campaign event in Mechanicsburg, Wagner was also asked about his campaign contributions from oil and gas, and Wagner essentially denied taking the money. Why would Wagner lie about something that is so easily proven? Because he knows Pennsylvania voters want a Governor who will work for them, not the oil and gas industry.