Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner turned up the heat on his opponent Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf in a video Friday.
"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 told Wolf in a Facebook Live clip.
Wagner in the video hit back against a Wolf campaign ad that said Wagner's Penn Waste "sued 6,979 Pennsylvanians. Learn why.”
The Wagner campaign explained to TheBlaze last month that PennWaste "is required by their contracts with municipalities to continue to make collections regardless of whether the company receives timely payment, so lawsuits are sometimes necessary in order to make sure customers pay their bills.”
How did Wolf's campaign react to Wagner's video?
In reaction to Wagner's video, Beth Melena — Wolf's campaign spokeswoman — asked the York Daily Record, "Was Wagner channelling John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, or Rambo in his latest unhinged rant?"
J.J. Abbott, Wolf's press secretary, called Wagner's video "disgusting":
John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, said in a tweet that Wagner has "lost it":
How did Wagner's supporters react?
The Daily Record said Wagner's backers liked his video and said to "send Wolf packing."
Wagner's campaign spokesman, Andrew Romeo, on Friday told TheBlaze in a statement that "Scott's comments were not to be taken literally. He wanted them to be a metaphor for how he will approach the final stretch of the campaign. Tom Wolf has spent the entire race hiding behind false and negative attack ads like a coward instead of debating in front of the people of Pennsylvania and Scott will spend the last month of the race making it clear to voters why they should not give him a second term."
Wagner has trailed Wolf in likely voter support since the beginning of the campaign, and Wolf has brought in twice as much fundraising cash as Wagner between June and September.