Maybe it was an anomaly, but a special state Senate election in York County on Tuesday erased everything that's accepted as normal in Pennsylvania politics.
A maverick Republican who owns a trash-hauling firm, who wants to replace property taxes with new taxes on food and clothing, who says he won't take a state pension or health insurance and who supports legalizing medical marijuana scored an unprecendented victory as a write-in candidate, beating a GOP-backed 16-year state House member.
Scott Wagner thus became the first in state history to win a Senate race with write-in votes. And he did so by a wide margin over party-picked Rep. Ron Miller, 47 percent to 27 percent, according to the Associated Press, in a low-turnout election.
Wagner, president of Penn Waste, Inc., spent plenty on the race and will serve as senator this rest of this year though he faces a May 20 primary and a November General Election to serve a full four-year term.