Pa. Republicans prepare to pick Wolf's opponent

Contention for role became nasty among GOP candidates

Tony Romeo
May 14, 2018 - 10:11 pm
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at a public memorial service honoring York City firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony at the York Expo Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Tuesday's election will bring the curtain down on one of the nastiest Republican primary races for governor in modern Pennsylvania history. 

GOP voters will choose which of three candidates will face Gov. Tom Wolf this fall.

In the final televised debate at WGAL in Lancaster, businessman Paul Mango and state Sen. Scott Wagner were put on the spot for their attack ads. Mango downplayed his ads as merely delivering "unpleasant truths."

"And unfortunately for the senator, there’s some unpleasant truths in his background," said Mango.

Wagner challenged voters to check him out on their own.

"Just do research on me and you'll find that I'm asking questions and I'm going to Harrisburg because we have to change the status quo," Wagner said.

Attorney Laura Ellsworth said the ads have done a disservice to voters and have been "alienating to the people of Pennsylvania."

"Many people [said] we stayed out of the fray because we weren't on TV," Ellsworth boasted. "We’re on TV, and we're staying out of that fray."