Skip to comments.SCOTT WAGNER BEATS THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT - CAP and a Pennsylvania write-in revolt.
Posted on 03/20/2014 11:24:23 PM PDT by neverdem
First, it was a Florida congressional race. Now? A Pennsylvania special election for the state Senate. The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania scores a major win and yes, the winner says he heard about Obamacare. Scott Wagner is a Pennsylvania state Senator this morning. It wasnt supposed to happen.
In a stunning upset, the York County businessman, taking a stand against the states political establishment of both parties, made state history by winning a special election for the Pennsylvania state Senate in a write-in landslide, defeating both the Republican and Democrat nominees.
Wagner captured 48 percent of the vote. His Republican opponent, a state representative with the backing of the local and state GOP, received 27 percent; the Democrat 26 percent.
The election was set in motion by the resignation of a sitting Republican senator. The GOP establishment, in this case both in York County (located in the heart of central Pennsylvania) and in Harrisburg, decided to back state Representative Ron Miller...
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
What's the procedure for getting a post, like this one, highlighted in the “Editorial” column on the right side of the page?
I've scooped big news stories many times at Free Republic, and I've had several dozen posts that generated more than a hundred comments.
But I've never had a post highlighted in the right side columns.
great read. this is surely a template for conservative victory from the bottom up. it’s a model for everything that an independent conservative needs to do to win. this man and his group CAP (Citizen’s Alliance for Pensylvania) could catalyze a national conservative party. God’s speed to mr. wagner. CAP...even better than TEA.
Wait a sec - I read just this morning on FR that the “Tea Party” is over and done with.
Don’t get my hopes up and then crush ‘em.
It’s flop-sweat time at the ol’ e-GOP hotel.
This is good news!
Unlike the Florida race where GOPe candidate Jolly beat the Democrat, the Tea Party was in essence the “third party” in the form of Scott Wagner running against the Republican and Democrat candidates as a write-in.
The conservative grassroots here in my county (York) showed up to vote Wagner in. We are mad with the alleged Republican majority in our legislature that won’t go against the unions with pension reform or abolition of the unionized state stores that monopolize distribution of adult beverages.
We are even madder that the GOP controlled legislature and “Republican” Governor Tom Corbett dumped at 28 cent a gallon gas tax increase on us late last year.
Bookmarking this one as proof that a vote for the real conservative is not a vote for the Dem. Thanks for the Friday victory post.
I.E. the write in vote as a game changer.
For Worse Linda Murkowski did it in Alaska, and Now Mayor Duggan did it in Detroit to get on the ballot, and now this Senator.
IMHO it can be a powerful tool for an insurgent politician who wants to throw the long ball...
The pockets of the unions for mass transit workers and construction workers will be full and they will donate to their favorite politicians.
If you read deep into this article, you find that half the PAC’s (35 of 70) that help fund Republican Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s campaign treasury of 1.3 million dollars are union PAC’s.
You got it.
The GOPe machine tried to scare people around here telling them voting for Wagner would help the Democrat win.
Wagner won by 21% over his nearest rival as the third candidate.
Thanks for the post.
Dear AM - Can you post this to breaking news?
Thanks ... ; - )
This is great news. Perhaps, in the long run, this will turn PA back into a red state. There are too many infiltrators in the PA GOPe that work inside the party to keep the liberal interests in power.
I hope this guy starts showing up in campaign stops and ads with other CAP candidates. I hope CAP candidates kick ass all over the GOPe on primary day in May.
Isthe CAP formally connected to the Tea Party?
They just got put on notice.
And as for Corbett... my beef with him is for not coming down with BOTH feet on this lunatic Attorney General for dropping the investigation into four Democrats taking payoffs.
They have over 400 HOURS of video/audio of these four Philly Democrats - and maybe others - taking payoff money, and she dropped the investigation.
She’s Democrat first, and AG second.
And Corbett, in typical GOP fashion, isn’t fighting back at all.
Not a coincidence I'm sure as that is when the Tea Party Movement exploded on the scene thanks in part to Free Republic.
Check out this video Here with the Executive director of CAP ‘splaining it.
They also take on the unions, needed BIG time!
Not to dash your and others’ enthusiasm, but what works in some relatively homogenous congressional districts, it won’t necessarily work in state or general elections.
Great news! Congrats PA! Congrats to all those who worked hard to make it happen.
Thanks for posting.
wake up PA. republicans in Harrisburg, we are fed up with you and your loving taxes...
DEMAND VOTER I.D. or this country will never survive.
So much for the TEA Party being dead
They did what my tag line says! How would I not love it!
The MSM will ignore it or claim it is due to racism or something like that.
I agree with voter ID. We have voter ID here in Oklahoma, I have to show my ID everytime I vote. i know the lady who runs the voting precinct where I vote and she strictly enforces it.
HUGE MEGA DITTOS .. I don’t think any of the GOP pols have a clue what’s going on.
They see it .. they’re just not willing to accept the truth .. YET!!
From the York Dispatch
Bridges burned: If Wagner is the certified winner of the race, he’ll fill the seat left vacant by former Sen. Mike Waugh until the session ends Nov. 30.
Wagner must also win the May 20 primary to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election, the winner of which will fill the seat for a full 4-year term.
Miller, an incumbent representative in the state House from Jacobus, said he’s going to make a decision within the next week about whether to run in the primary.
He didn’t submit a petition to be on the primary ballot for his seat in the House, but both he and Small have done so for the Senate seat. Republican Zack Hearn of Windsor Township is also a contender.
Wagner said he was confident he could handle the fight if the GOP battles him even harder in the primary.
“I don’t fear the Republican Party, trust me,” he said. “They ran their best guy ... and he broke his legs halfway around the track.”
He said a lot of damage has been done over the last 30 days of the race, and he will have to step back and evaluate how to work with a group of 49 other senators that include some same-party incumbents who didn’t want him.
But he said he’ll figure it out.
“I’m not going to the Senate for the next eight years to do nothing,” he said.
Perhaps offering the first olive branch, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released a statement congratulating Wagner on his presumed victory Tuesday night.
Eric Holder and Democrats in PA...put screws to what the people of Pennsylvania WANT..
I’ve really become frustrated with the politics in this state. time to relocate...
We need TRUE AMERICANs to run for every seat in this blessed country and TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK 1 seat at a time! NO MORE “we have to vote for the best hopeful to win against a democrat” _ I WANT AMERICANS who love AMERICAN VALUES to run on AMERICAN VALUES! GET it GOPees!
“...The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania scores a major win...”
Here is a link to the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania:
Folks (and businesses) interested in helping out the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) in their continuing fight to restore the Constitutional principles of limited government, economic freedom, and personal responsibility can do so at this webpage:
The win is in the details. A lot of TEA Party candidates would do well with more prep work.
Leadership Institute has some great training programs. FReepers should be regulars for this type of training.
yes, it is excellent news!! GO PATRIOTS!! GO TEA PARTY!!
The CAP is pro free market economics with its executive director saying the idea is to nudge the eternally progressive Pennsylvania GOP in a more conservative direction.
Its not a formal “TEA PARTY” group but by its mission ends up helping real conservatives in GOP primaries.
I had no idea what that page was for.
From time to time I would check things on that page, then, when I tried to post, the program would stop me because I did not fill out a “Required” box.
So, I just type “news” or “chat” in there and ignore the “Choose” option.
This victory probably means Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be all over the Sunday talk shows trumpeting the meaningless of this ‘’small, inconsequential election.’’
Thanks. Every FReeper should take their campaign courses. They have online training.
Homeschoolers should try to work these classes into their studies. We have to learn now to win elections, over and over and over again.
From the photo looks like Karl may want to spend a little more time at the gym and a little less at Hometown Buffet.
Don’t forget about the harbinger sign close to the sore when the water level drops or the tide level drops down.... that’s the time to start running as fast as you can.
Old what’s his name from Kentucky Mitch Mitch McConnell surely must be watching this with a nervous brow.
Now if Louisiana can only dump that Dumb-Blonde US Senator Mary Landrieu...