Fetterman opens up about Governor Wolf, gun control 

It's an odd couple pairing on the Democratic side in the races for governor and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

Justin Udo
May 25, 2018 - 10:00 pm
John Fetterman

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It's an odd couple pairing on the Democratic side in the races for governor and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

Standing at 6-foot 8 inches tall, 300 plus pounds, with a shaved head, a beard, and tattoos, Democratic Lt. Governor candidate John Fetterman does not look like your average politician, let alone one who would pair up with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who has a much more toned down look.

"We have different styles," Fetterman said, "but I think at the end of the day, we compliment each other well."

Fetterman says looks aside, the two have a lot in common, especially when it comes to issues Pennsylvanians care about, like fracking, gun control laws, and improving the state's failing infrastructure.

"I don't know too many areas that we differ on that are meaningful to highlight," he said. "I think what we differ on is minor."

And although Fetterman's presence makes it easy for him to garner the spotlight, he says that's not what this race is about.

"My primary roll in this election is to do whatever I can to make sure Governor Wolf gets reelected.

Meantime, Fetterman is not shy about his stance on gun control.

"We need to ban those sales of assault rifles to people," Fetterman said.

Fetterman the mayor of a small western Pennsylvania town, who carries, is no stranger to close encounters with assault rifles. He had one back in 2013 with a jogger, shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting.

"I heard a series of assault rifle rounds going off, like a loud booming sound," Fetterman explained. "I had to make three split second decisions. I got my son inside, I called 911."

Fetterman says the third thing he did was grab his shotgun and go after the person he thought was responsible.

"I made that split second decision to confront that individual," he said, "as Braddock's chief law enforcement officer."

No gun was ever found, and the jogger was allowed to go free.

"I don't think there is anything I would have changed," Fetterman said. "I made the decision."

Fetterman says if anything, that experience solidified his stance on assault rifles.

"I don't think framers of the Second Amendment ever envisioned a weapon as firesome as an assault riffle," he said, "and the fact that a private citizen would need or be able to purchase a dozen or more of them."