YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The protest lasted about 15 minutes and consisted of about 15 people.
It was on the sidewalk in front of Senator Scott Wagner’s district office in York and featured a traditional chant, “hey, hey, ho, ho, Senator Wagner’s got to go.”
Most of the protesters said they were from York and they gathered with a moving van to encourage Wagner to leave the commonwealth. It’s in response to an email Wagner sent just before last Tuesday’s election in which he wrote, “In the event that the Democrats gain control of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, my suggestion to you is this: sell everything you own in Pennsylvania and move to another state as fast as you can.”
Well, the Democrats swept the three Supreme Court seats.
“We thought maybe we’d come help him pack up and leave since he didn’t win those seats on the Supreme Court,” laughed Jan Snyder, a 60-year resident of Dover Township.
While York countians participated, the event was organized by unions out of Philadelphia. A big sign showing a sour-faced Wagner was provided by the PSEA, the statewide teachers union. Unions are a frequent target of Wagner taunts.
“He’s made a reputation for being a kind of Donald Trump extremist of the Pennsylvania Republican party,” said Amy Fetherolf of Pennsylvania Working Families, a Philly-based, union-backed organization.
Wagner was blasted by the teachers union hours after arranging another loan to pay teachers at Thackston Charter School in York. It was $400,000 a few weeks ago; $180,000 this time.
That good deed did not go unpunished.
“I don’t think we should be talking about Scott Wagner writing a loan to one school when we really need to talk about Scott Wagner’s issue on all of the public schools struggling in York,” Fetherolf said.
Wagner was not at the rally, but a few of his supporters were and peacefully shouted back at the protesters.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Amanda Davidson, an employee of Penn Waste which Wagner owns. “They’re attacking a guy that does so much for our community and once again it’s a Philadelphia-based organization, union-funded, coming to York County. We saw it during the special election and they’re trying to do it again. It’s ridiculous. How about they go home to their own communities and worry about what’s going on there rather than here in York County.”
But the criticism of Wagner isn’t just coming from outside his district.
“I want him to know, as a constituent, I do not approve of some of the things he’s done or some of the things he says,” Snyder said.