Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wolf Thanks Wagner for Apology over Golf Spikes Remark

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wolf Thanks Wagner for Apology over Golf Spikes Remark

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During a brief appearance Saturday morning to fire up Democratic campaigners in the North Hills, Gov. Tom Wolf avoided any mention of Republican opponent Scott Wagner's promise Friday morning that he would "stomp all over" the governor's face with "golf spikes" the last three weeks of the campaign.

When asked by a reporter afterward about it, he would only say that he does not "take any pleasure in that kind of tone in democratic debate in a political campaign, so I'm sorry that he did that and I appreciate the apology."

He said he thinks Mr. Wagner's threat - which Mr. Wagner said later Friday was merely a "poor metaphor" choice - is really just another example of the contrasts between them, in addition to their views on education, health care and whether or not to make "Pennsylvania a place that people want to come and live; he evidently doesn't."

"I don't think you come to a democracy with a baseball bat or gloves to protect you from blood or the kind of intemperance that you saw in whatever it was, an ad that he was doing" on Friday, Mr. Wolf said.

While Mr. Wolf was reluctant to attack his opponent for the remark, his Democratic lieutenant governor running mate, John Fetterman, made sure he brought it up right away during his brief remarks to a crowd of more than 100 people stuffed into a former storefront along Babcock Boulevard in Cranberry.

"Has anyone seen an angry old white guy in golf spikes in the parking lot?" he asked the crowd, eliciting laughter and cheers.

Mr. Fetterman, currently mayor of Braddock, ended his remarks in defense of Mr. Wolf by saying: "You saw the wheels coming off Scott Wagner yesterday."

They both spoke after three regional state legislative candidates - all of them women and newcomers to state office if they were to win, something both Mr. Fetterman and Mr. Wolf noted - spoke briefly about how they thought they would be able to win their seats. …

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