Candidates for office are expected to make promises during the campaign. But Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Scott Wagner’s direct promise to his opponent is more akin to a violent threat rather than a campaign pledge.
Wagner, broadcasting a Facebook Live video for his supporters, directed his ire toward the incumbent governor, Democrat Tom Wolf, making many disparaging and alarming statements about him. Wagner said, for example, that he’d “stomp” on the governor’s face at one point in the video rant, according to reporting from the York Daily Record.
“Governor Wolf, let me tell you, between now and November 6th, you better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m gonna stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I’m gonna win this for the state of Pennsylvania, and we’re throwing you out of office because you know what, I’m sick and tired of your negative ads.”
Wagner’s video was, in part, a response to numerous billboards that have been put up by a third-party advocacy group, alleging that Wagner and his company, Penn Waste, have sued more than 6,000 Pennsylvania residents. Wagner’s contention with Wolf over the negative ads, however, seem to be misplaced: Wolf has no affiliation with the group that put them up.
Here is GOP candidate for PA Governor, Scott Wagner, going bonkers on a FB live.
"Governor Wolf, let me tell you, between now and Nov. 6th, you better put a catcher's mask on your face because I'm going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes." pic.twitter.com/Q8kTx58CW5
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) October 12, 2018
In response to the video, Wolf’s campaign spokeswoman, Beth Melena, posed a rhetorical question to Wagner’s camp, asking if their candidate was trying to be more like a fictional movie character rather than a person who could effectively run the state.
“Was Wagner channelling John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, or Rambo in his latest unhinged rant?” Melena asked.
Wolf’s running-mate, John Fetterman, who is on the Democratic ticket running for Lieutenant Governor, said that Wagner had “lost it.”
— Mayor John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) October 12, 2018
Wagner’s campaign aides did their best to defend their candidate’s bizarre and violent rant. Spokesman Andrew Romeo urged others not to take his boss’s words literally.
“He wanted them to be a metaphor for how he will approach the final stretch of the campaign,” Romeo said.