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Was 1 of 3 Dems to vote for GOP health care cuts in state Senate

May 9, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – When Jack Wagner sided with Republicans in 2011 to cut health care for more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians including children, it wasn’t his first time. In 1996, then Senator Wagner was the only Democrat from Western Pennsylvania – and one of just three Democrats statewide – to vote to eliminate health care for 259,000 Pennsylvanians, most of whom were the working poor.

“Throughout Jack Wagner’s career, he has sided with Republicans to take health care away from hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians,” Bill Peduto’s Communications Director Sonya Toler said. “Jack Wagner voted with Republicans to cut health care in 1996 and sided with them again in 2011 so it is no surprise that a Republican media firm is attempting to ‘Swift Boat’ Bill Peduto.”

A Republican media firm that produced the infamous “Swift Boat” ads in 2004 to help re-elect George W. Bush is paying Wagner back for his Republican loyalty by airing a misleading commercial that falsely attacks Bill Peduto. Wagner has launched his own desperate attacks in an effort to distract from his long track record of supporting Republican policies.

“Nobody can question the fact that Jack Wagner has been supporting Republican policies for decades,” Toler said. “One just has to wonder why Wagner hasn’t made it official and changed his voter registration to the Republican Party.”

 

Background:

Wagner sided with Republicans in the Legislature to cut health care for more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians, including children. [Tribune-Review, 6/13/11]

Wagner was one of just three Democrats who voted for Republican plans to eliminate health care for 259,000 Pennsylvanians. [Philadelphia News, 3/19/96]

Wagner is backed by a group that used a Republican media firm behind the infamous “Swift Boat” ads in 2004 to produce a commercial attacking Bill Peduto. [Post-Gazette, 3/2/13]