Well, that escalated quickly.
Scott Wagner, a state senator and the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, warned his opponent, sitting Gov. Tom Wolf (D), in a Facebook video Friday that he better "put a catcher's mask on" because he's going to "stomp all over [his] face with golf spikes." This came at the end of an angry rant delivered below a negative billboard with which Wagner took issue.
Throughout the video, the Republican complained about Wolf's campaign ads, claiming Pennsylvanians are "tired of [his] lies" and that he's "actually not very smart." The particular billboard that Wagner was angry about was actually put up by an advocacy group and not by Wolf's campaign, CBS News reports.
After Wagner's comments began to blow up on Friday, a spokesperson for the Republican told Penn Live that this was just a "metaphor for how he will approach the final stretch of the campaign." Wolf is beating Wagner by about 17 points in the polls, per Real Clear Politics.
Watch Wagner's comments below. Brendan Morrow
Full quote video from Pa. GOP governor candidate Scott Wagner’s Facebook Live (https://t.co/Qh7jgHwiXn) in which he says “I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I’m gonna win this for the state of Pennsylvania.” pic.twitter.com/DUKQXNR25d
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