Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner spoke to supporters this week and assured them, "I'm not an angry guy. I'm a passionate guy." His statement came just a few days after he told his opponent, incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, "I’m gonna stomp all over your face with golf spikes" in a headline-grabbing Facebook video.
"I'm not a career politician," Wagner told Republicans Wednesday at Orchards Restaurant in Franklin County, WITF-FM reported. "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."
Wagner added to the audience of about 100 that his showdown with Wolf may be the most crucial election in Pennsylvania for the next 20 years, the station said.
"We're going to win this," the nominee told his listeners, WITF reported. "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.
What else did Wagner say?
“I have a pledge to the people of Pennsylvania that if you vote for me, and I become elected that I am going to eliminate the school taxes on your home," Wagner added to the crowd, according to the Record Herald. "I’m going to make it happen."
Wagner also said he'll aim to bring the state to a zero-base budget, the paper reported.
“The madness on how we do budgeting in Harrisburg is crazy. We haven’t balanced our checkbook in probably 30 to 40 years," he noted, the Record Herald added. "I’m a business guy, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
And about that 'stomp all over your face' video
Wagner’s campaign spokesman, Andrew Romeo, last week 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.”
There are less than three weeks remaining until the Nov. 6 midterm election, and Wagner has trailed Wolf in likely voter support since the beginning of the campaign. In addition, Wolf has brought in twice as much fundraising cash as Wagner between June and September.