Wagner picks ‘running mate’ in governor’s race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner has picked conservative Montgomery County businessman Jeff Bartos to be his running mate.

In Pennsylvania, governors and lieutenant governors are elected separately by primary voters, but Wagner and Bartos are calling themselves a team.

In their announcement, they took a shot at Tom Wolf and Mike Stack.

“We have a governor and lieutenant governor who don’t even speak to each other,” Wagner said. “It is dysfunction at its best and that has to stop.”

“Scott and I are joined and united by the fact that we’re both conservatives we’re both outsiders and both business people,” Bartos said.

“It doesn’t matter who Scott Wagner adds to his team, he’s far too conservative and will gut Medicaid, roll back coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, strip health care options away from women, and charge seniors an age tax,” Wolf’s campaign said in a statement.

Wagner is running against two Pittsburgh-area candidates, businessman Paul Mango and lawyer Laura Ellsworth, for the Republican nomination.

Bartos will end his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and run for lieutenant governor. Bartos was running against U.S. Rep Lou Barletta, former energy-sector executive Paul Addis, and state Rep. Jim Christiana for the Republican nomination in the Senate race.

Wagner, a state Senator from York County, announced he was running for governor at the beginning of the year.

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