MANCHESTER, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Governor-elect Tom Wolf greeted neighbors and supporters Wednesday afternoon outside a York County restaurant not far from his home in the community of Mount Wolf, a borough which bears the name of his ancestors.
It was Wolf’s first public appearance since his victory over Gov. Tom Corbett in Tuesday’s election.
Wolf was received warmly with a round of applause by a small group of spectators.
KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti asked Wolf what he believed accounted for his victory over Corbett, specifically his 50,000 vote margin over the Shaler Republican in Corbett’s home county of Allegheny.
“I think they saw the virtue in my ideas,” Wolf said. “I think Pittsburgh looks at what they did to re-invent themselves; the wonderful things Pittsburgh is doing. The energy and excitement that’s there. I look at that and say this is what we can do in Pennsylvania.”
Wolf won nearly 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, making Corbett the first Pennsylvania governor to be denied a second term.
At the same time, Republicans widened their majorities in both houses of the state Legislature – likely compounding the political challenges facing Wolf, a businessman and first-time candidate. He has outlined an ambitious agenda that includes a new severance tax on natural-gas drilling and an income-tax overhaul that would shift more of the cost onto wealthy taxpayers.
Wolf is scheduled to be inaugurated Jan. 20.
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