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Wagner: Special election could have waited until primary

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Scott Wagner was brash before he ran for the state Senate.

He was brash during his contentious special election, and he hasn't changed now that he's on the job in the Capitol.

He's candid when asked what he thinks of the pace of the place?

"It's a little slower than I'm used to. It should be a little faster," said Wagner, a prominent York County businessman who owns Penn Waste and a trucking firm.

But Wagner says he personally has been working double time learning his new job, meeting constituents, advocates and fellow senators.

Even though he won the special election in March, Wagner was a critic of the very election that put him in office. He insists it was too costly and could have waited and run in conjunction with the May primary.

"I think we could have waited," he said. "I don't know if there was $200,000 of value in the special election. If you look at the number of days and you divide it by $200,000, it's big money per day."

The Capitol's newest member is taking on some of its most iconic figures.

Wagner just finished a resolution to remove the portraits of convicted lawmakers from Capitol hallways. That would include Robert Mellow, former president pro temp of the Senate, and former speakers of the House Bill DeWeese, John Perzell and Herb Fineman.

"It's like having dog poop on your shoes. There's a pile of dog poop on the floor and you clean it up and you clean your shoes off and you move on. I just don't think that people who are convicted of crimes should be hanging in the hallway," he said.

Wagner is the first senator to win a seat as a write-in and he may have just broken a Senate record for using the word poop in one sentence.

Many say that the portraits of felons should stay because they accurately depict history. Regardless, it does not appear there's much legislative support for Wagner's plan to remove them.

Wagner has also had issues with current Senate leadership, which attacked him with negative ads during the campaign. He says he's now working with the very people who worked against him six weeks ago.

"Everybody has been highly professional. We don't agree on everything and it's a different setting," he said. "I've left my sword. I keep my sword in my office and it's packed away."

But that's not to say Wagner will be a wimpy backbencher lost in the Senate shuffle once the budget negotiations heat up in June.

"I'm not turning into Scott Milquetoast. I'm gonna continue. Listen, I believe what I believe in and I have to learn the workings, but Harrisburg does work pretty slow," he said.

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