Dan Laughlin points to hypocrisy of Senator Sean Wiley's Posturing on Erie School Crisis.
HARRISBURG, PA - Republican state senate candidate Dan Laughlin today criticized incumbent Democrat Sean Wiley for voting against funding for Erie’s public schools, then claiming solidarity with students during a bus visit to call attention to their plight.
“Sean Wiley voted eight times to disrupt the education of the same students he’ll be standing with in a few minutes. He is using them as props,” Laughlin said during a brief press availability on the Capitol steps. “Sean had the opportunity on eight different occasions to vote to pass a budget that increased school funding or override Governor Wolf’s veto of those budgets and on each of those eight occasions Sean voted ‘no’.” Laughlin pointed out that using the Erie School District as a prop is not uncommon for the one term senator. Last fall, Wiley commiserated to his colleagues on the Senate floor about the challenges facing the school district due to lack of funding – he went so far as to acknowledge Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams in the gallery to underscore his point. Then a few hours later, when Wiley was given the opportunity to vote on a stop gap budget that would fund the school district he had so eloquently articulated in was in dire crisis --- he voted NO.
Laughlin’s remarks came as Wiley was preparing to appear alongside students in the Capitol rotunda. Facing a tough election contest in the November General Election, Wiley has been criticized for supporting Wolf’s budget vetoes as the governor attempted to force the general assembly to pass record high tax increases.
“This issue is bigger than politics. This is about our kids. Sean didn’t seem to grasp that during the budget impasse and I can’t imagine it has sunk in today,” Laughlin said.
Joining Laughlin on the steps were Senators Richard Alloway, R-Franklin; Guy Reschenthaler, R-Allegheny and Washington; and Senator Scott Wagner, R-York.
Dan Laughlin is a lifelong resident of Erie and owns Laughlin Builders with his brother. He is running for state senate to bring transparency and accountability to state government.