Last week, bombshell audio was released of Scott Wagner telling a room of Tea Partiers that he conspired with House Republican Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor to kill the shale tax to hurt Governor Wolf’s re-election. Today, Scott Wagner then rolled out the endorsement of none other than….Stan Saylor.
“Scott Wagner is everything that is wrong with Harrisburg and the reason that the legislature is so dysfunctional,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state in the country that does not have a severance tax. Despite the fact that a majority of Pennsylvanians support making big oil and gas companies pay their fair share, Scott Wagner is conspiring with Republicans to kill the shale tax so he can boost his gubernatorial ambitions. Even worse, these legislators turn around and endorse him. Pennsylvanians have had enough of Scott Wagner’s backslapping and backroom deals in Harrisburg.”
Listen to the audio here: https://youtu.be/4iO_KKBaxbY
WAGNER: “I went to school with Stan Saylor, Stan’s the Appropriations Chairman and I told Stan at a meeting three weeks ago, he was sitting like fifteen feet away from me, I said ‘Stan you cannot let this severance tax get through so that it gets to the governor’s desk because if that happens the governor is going to get reelected. Stan you take that to the bank.'”
AP: Wagner Urged Blocking Shale Tax To Deny Wolf Re-Election
A Republican state senator running for governor is on a recording telling a crowd that he’s urged House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor to block a tax on Marcellus shale natural gas production to hurt Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election chances. [Associated Press, 10/2/17]
“The following leaders from York County have endorsed Scott Wagner for Governor…State Representative Stan Saylor” [Wagner for Governor, 10/3/17]