What Scott Wagner’s apparent victory means for Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania

Republican Scott Wagner contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania in 2012.

The group, which says it is committed to restoring limited government and economic freedom, opposed several incumbent Republicans that year, including some in York County.

The chairman of Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, John Kennedy, was at Wagner’s celebration Tuesday evening. Wagner recognized Kennedy, calling him “a great friend and mentor.” Wagner also talked about the support they provided to John McGinnis’s successful 2012 campaign for state Senate.

I spoke to Kennedy for a few minutes about the significance of Wagner’s victory.

Kennedy said Wagner has been identified with CAP since the organization started. He thinks Wagner’s victory is a good sign for the group.

“It further validates that the people are sick and tired and disgusted, in many ways, with the elite political class in Harrisburg, and they want something better,” he said. “…This is going to enhance our group for all the right reasons at the right time.”

Kennedy also said this: “A new senator will arrive in Harrisburg, not to self-serve, but to serve, not only this district, but the commonwealth.”

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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