Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner said he would fully enforce the death penalty for murderers in a speech Monday.
Wagner, a current state senator, made the comments in reference to the shooter who killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, and mentioned that current Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a death penalty moratorium after he assumed office in 2015.
“Let me make the message crystal clear, if someone kills one of our children, we will kill them,” Wagner said. “We have failed our children, their parents, their siblings and survivors too often. As Governor, I will not fail them. But if a tragedy like the one in Florida happened here in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf would fail our families.”
The Republican gubernatorial candidate also said Wolf would protect the life of the alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz saying Wolf “would prioritize the life of an evil school shooter over the lives of innocent children.” Wagner also said if elected governor he would remove Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty on his first day in office.
“Almost immediately after he took office, Tom Wolf put a moratorium on the death penalty. That means that Tom Wolf would protect the life of someone like Nikolas Cruz despite the fact that he ended the lives of 17 innocent students and faculty. Tom Wolf would prioritize the life of an evil school shooter over the lives of innocent children. When I’m governor, I will remove Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty on day one. I’m running for Governor because children, parents and hard-working Pennsylvanians need someone on their side – and I will be that leader,” Wagner continued.
Wagner is running against two other Republicans in the primary, Pittsburgh lawyer Laura Ellsworth and American businessman and veteran Paul Mango.
The winner of the Republican primary will take on Wolff, who is running for a second term.
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