A Canary In The Mine In York Co., PA Special Election – Harbinger of Things to Come?

In the PA Legislature our local Senator in the 28th District resigned for personal reasons. The Dems thought they could pull a fast one and push a RINO and far out Lib were going to run in a Special Election yesterday. We do have a Primary in two months which would have worked fine to hold this election. But the rush was on to get the career politician into this seat. One the machine knew he would vote for higher taxes. Well, a ringer Conservative joined the race as a Write-In vote. Now, write-ins usually have a snowball’s chance in hell to make it. However, a miracle happened yesterday, the Write-In candidate WON. Not only WON, but won big time. The Write-In Scott Wagner almost had 11K write-in votes. The RINO and Lib Dem TOGETHER had about 12K votes. So, the wonderment is this, did the dirty campaign have an effect, was this the Obama Effect, was it the anti-incumbent effect, or all of the above? But the article has the vote numbers.

Scott Wagner the presumed winner in 28th Senate


In what appears to be an unexpected victory for a conservative businessman who has made a point of bucking his own party, Republican Scott Wagner is presumed to have won a write-in campaign to defeat party nominee Ron Miller for an open seat in the state Senate.

The closely watched, hotly contested face-off ended in disappointment for the Republican mainstay and a first major victory for the tea party in York County.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, write-in votes totaled 10,595, or 47.7 percent, to Miller’s 5,920, or 26.6 percent. Democrat Linda Small of New Freedom nearly edged out Miller with 5,704 votes, for 25.7 percent.If all or most of the write-in votes are, as expected, for Wagner, he will have won the race by a healthy margin.



  1. This is huge. The harbinger is banging a big drum and tooting a very loud horn. Let those who have ears listen to the sweet sound of representative democracy on the march. 3 cheers for the voters of York County!

  2. I believe it’s huge also. Just think that 47% + of the voters chose to write-in a name is a miracle in itself. And the Conservative anti-Harrisburg (Capital and Capitol) who didn’t have the machine behind him speaks VOLUMES for November.

  3. J. Christian Adams is reporting:

    Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature. Gifts of Tiffany’s jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for “NO” votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.

    Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat. Kane’s excuse for her inaction? Racism: some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.

  4. It has become apparent at the State and Federal level the Establishment of both paries could switch sides and there wouldn’t be a dime’s worth of difference. Boner, the alledged Speaker of the House is an Establishment RINO only kept in any kind of check by the TEA Party.

  5. some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.

    That’s hilarious! Ever seen a picture of Philadelphia City Council? It looks like a meeting of the ANC. The rabid anti-white racism in Philly is disgusting. It’s virtually impossible to get a city job, a city contract or hold any office elected or appointed unless one is black. Now it may be me but when 90% of these positions are held by 40% of the population it seems some form of selective racism is going on.

  6. Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat. Kane’s excuse for her inaction? Racism: some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.

    What’s Kane’s excuse for not doing a little Equal Opportunity that her job calls for??? Oh, they’re not white.

  7. Attorney General Kane’s actions are coming under fire from even the reliably Democratic Philadelphia Inquirer, which carried two stories beginning on the front page on her actions, along with the lead editorial in today’s paper.

    Her claim is that the sting which caught the politicians, including four Democratic state legislators and a traffic court judge, and which began in the last months of Governor Corbett’s tenure as Attorney General, was so badly botched as to be unable to take the cases to trial, and deliberately targeted black legislators.

    HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday that she believed leading Philadelphia Democrats ensnared in an undercover sting operation committed crimes, but that the case against them was so badly mishandled by her predecessors that it could not be prosecuted.

    Responding to a report in Sunday’s Inquirer that five public officials, including four state legislators from Philadelphia, were captured on tape accepting cash, gifts, or money orders, Kane said she had no choice but to shut down the investigation.

    While saying public corruption made her “sick,” Kane said the sting was flawed and tainted by racism, and could not have led to successful prosecutions.

    “There is nothing we can do to salvage this case,” she said.

    Yet the state’s top state prosecutor acknowledged that the tapes made during the course of the investigation had captured criminal activity.

    “I believe that we have evidence that certain legislators were taking money, and that’s a crime,” Kane told reporters at a late-morning news conference in Harrisburg. . . .

    Kane has also said that the agent who accompanied Ali as he carried out the sting told law enforcement officials that top prosecutors instructed him to target African Americans, and ignore illegal acts by whites.

    Kane said she had documentation to support her assertion that racism marred the sting, but was examining whether she could release it.

    More at the link.

    The lovely Mrs Kane has been blaming everything that she can on Mr Corbett, and has been “investigating” whether the investigation of child molester Jerry Sandusky was slowed when Mr Corbett was Attorney General for political reasons. The Department of Justice has already said that they proceeded very cautiously against Mr Sandusky because they wanted an absolutely air-tight case. The prosecution was made, and the convictions obtained, which, in my mind, justifies the procedures used by the prosecution.

  8. Good and Surprising Analysis Opinion by the York Daily Record

    Our take: York – home of the political write-in revolution
    Updated: 03/19/2014 12:15:10 PM EDT

    Have we just witnessed the start of a revolution with Scott Wagner’s unprecedented (though still unofficial) write-in victory in the state Senate special election Tuesday?


    The hard-fought (and paid for) apparent win by the “millionaire trash man” could signal the start of a rebellion against same-old-same-old party orthodoxy in Pennsylvania.

    Actually, we might have seen the start of such a movement (on the other side of the political coin) a couple years ago when Democrat Michael Helfrich scored an astonishing write-in victory over Democratic Party stalwart Toni Smith for York City Council.

    So now York County is the site of two remarkable write-in victories over entrenched party people.That might be in keeping with our town’s revolutionary history — as the nine-month home of the Continental Congress (and Mr. Helfrich, interestingly, lives in a house linked to patriot pamphleteer Thomas Paine).


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