Wolf calls Dems claim of targeting ‘ridiculous’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Thirteen mostly western Pennsylvania House Democrats say they’re being targeted by Governor Tom Wolf’s administration for voting in support of a Republican-crafted budget.

They sent Wolf a letter saying they’re receiving “shocking treatment” by agencies under his control in retaliation for their budget vote.

Representative Peter Daley (D-Washington/Fayette) said he voted for the budget because he wanted to get money to his school districts, which he says are some of the poorest in the state. He says his first allegiance is to his 60,000 constituents, not Wolf and not the Democratic party.

Daley said he the retaliation is real and he’s feeling it. He says if Wolf ordered it, the governor should be ashamed. He said if a staffer is behind it, that staffer should be fired. Daley also reminded the governor they’re supposed to be on the same team.

“He’s General Custer and we’re sitting at the bottom of Little Big Horn and he’s shooting some of his own soldiers,” Daley said Thursday morning in his Capitol office. “Seriously? Guess what? We don’t forget. If you’re trying to punish us, there’s another vote, there’s another budget, there’s another issue. Guess what? These people aren’t gonna forget. You’re hurting our constituents. If you do that, guess what? Payback’s gonna be tough.”

Wolf was asked about the letter and the alleged targeting by his administration Thursday afternoon. He didn’t acknowledge receipt of the letter or confirm retaliation.

“I, too, am concerned about constituent service,” he said. “I’m trying to do the best I can to make this administration responsive to the needs of all constituents, so I think that’s fairly ridiculous.”

Ridiculous, perhaps, to Wolf, but not to the House Democrats. Daley, who will retire at the end of the year, said he may call for an ethics investigation into the matter.

“I pray for the governor’s sake that he’s not involved,” he said. “If he is, shame on him because it’s so beneath the dignity of the governor’s office.”

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