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A Month Before the Election, Pa. Gubernatorial Candidates Continue Trading Barbs Over Education

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner have continued to trade barbs over education policy.

Wolf has hit Wagner twice in recent weeks, first by connecting the former state senator to lightning-rod U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

DeVos’s cabinet nomination drew fierce opposition, particularly from teachers’ unions, a key Democratic constituency. Soon after the most recent campaign filings, Wolf’s camp seized on the DeVos connection in a press release about “DeVos’s dark money group.”

Wagner’s team meanwhile continues to hammer Wolf over what they see as unclear statements on state funding for schools.

“He knows he’s going to need to raise billions in taxes,” said Andrew Romeo, spokesperson for the Wagner campaign. “He just doesn’t want to tell the people of Pennsylvania that.”