Scott Wagner announces 'partnership' with lieutenant governor candidate
Republican state Senator Scott Wagner announced Thursday a historic ‘partnership’ run alongside Jeff Bartos, as a candidate for lieutenant governor as a step forward in Wagner’s gubernatorial race.
Jeff Bartos, born in Berks County, but currently residing in Montgomery County is new to the political field, having spent his career as a real estate developer with attorney training, presenting himself as a relatable small business owner.
The announcement comes also as a sever to Bartos’ federal campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate. According to Wagner, bringing Bartos onto his campaign has been a two-month process.
Bartos says it’s too early whether or not he’ll endorse his former U.S. Senate competitor, Lou Barletta.
Wagner says he convinced Bartos he can make more of a difference in Pennsylvania than in Washington, calling D.C. a tough arena.
“We’re gonna have a solid team in the lieutenant governor’s office and in the governor’s office,” says Wagner. “That’s how we’re going to get things done.”
Bartos says it was Senator Wagner’s vision for the state and leadership capabilities that solidified his choice to run alongside the Senator and form an alliance capable of beating candidates Bob Casey and incumbent Governor Tom Wolf.
“I’m like so many small business people in Pennsylvania, and so many attorneys who are working, creating jobs. I understand what the challenges are,” says Bartos. “I’ve signed the front of a pay check. I’m a conservative. I’m an outsider. I know how to make decisions. I know how to lead.”
Bartos says he’s working with lawyers and accountant to legally contribute funds raised for his federal campaign to now transfer to his state campaign.
Under the Pennsylvania constitution, voters must cast their ballots for Wagner and Bartos separately up until the primary when the two, if voted in, can appear on the same ticket.
When asked about their concerns over the potential for one man to make it to the primaries and the other not, Bartos say they’re confident both men will see election.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party responded "it doesn't matter who Scott Wagner adds to his team, he's far too conservative and will gut Medicaid, roll back coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, strip health care options away from women, and charge seniors an age tax."