Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tom Wolf calls closed City Council meeting concerns "nonsense"

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, today described as "nonsense" concerns about his closed-door City Hall meeting yesterday with a quorum of Philadelphia City Council members.

Tom Wolf calls closed City Council meeting concerns "nonsense"

City Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. tweeted this photo of a closed-door meeting Thursday with Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor.
City Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. tweeted this photo of a closed-door meeting Thursday with Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor.

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, today described as "nonsense" concerns about his closed-door City Hall meeting yesterday with a quorum of Philadelphia City Council members.

Speaking after receiving the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union across the street from City Hall, Wolf said he did not understand suggestions that the meeting amounted to politicking with government time and resources.

"I mean, it's nonsense actually," Wolf said. "I mean, I went in to introduce myself, to say hi and to show that I'm running for statewide office and this is the biggest city in Pennsylvania and I'm happy to meet the people who make decisions on behalf of this city."

The state Republican Party continued to criticize Wolf today for the meeting, accusing him of trying "to spin his way out of admitting to politicking in Philly City Hall."

Gov. Corbett's campaign yesterday claimed the "questionable legality" of the meeting showed poor judgment by Wolf.  Corbett's campaign added to their news release a photo of the private meeting tweeted by Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr.

Wolf spoke today in front of a backdrop of cheering union members, promising to take three actions if he wins the Nov. 4 general election.

First he vowed to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and then index it to the rate of inflation.

Wolf also said he would expand Medicaid, which he said would give 500,000 Pennsylvanians health insurance and create 35,000 health industry jobs.

Finally, Wolf said he boost public education funding in Philadelphia and across the state.

"I know you can't throw money at every problem," Wolf said. "But you can't take money away from something that's as central to our society as education and hope to get to a good place."

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