Senate Republican spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher applauded Scott Wagner’s decision to step down from the state Senate.
“We thought the decision by Senator Wagner was laudable,” said Kocher.
In a statement, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said he wants to focus on his campaign to unseat Gov. Tom Wolf in November.
“He needed to focus elsewhere. He thought he could do a greater good. It’s admirable that he took that step, took that step back from a job he obviously loved,” said Kocher.
Democrats are striking a harsher tone. A spokesperson for the Wolf campaign said, “Scott Wagner’s decision to resign one month before the budget deadline proves that he is the very worst of Harrisburg. Scott Wagner is only interested in furthering his own political ambitions.”
So what happens to his soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat? The state Constitution calls for a special election. It’s up to the lieutenant governor on whether that will take place before or during the General Election in November.
That decision has yet to be made. Senator Wagner’s decision to leave becomes official on Monday.
“We appreciated his time here. We felt that his service brought a lot of service to our caucus, and wish him the best of luck,” said Kocher.