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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/CBS) — Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner is using what his campaign calls a metaphor and saying that he’ll stomp on the face of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf with golf spikes.
Wagner made the comments in a nearly three-minute video post Friday on Facebook in front of a political billboard in York, Pa. Near the three-minute mark, Wagner suggests Wolf put a catcher’s mask on his face because Wagner is going to “stomp all over” Wolf’s face and “win this.”
Wagner’s campaign says the comments aren’t to be taken literally and are a metaphor for how he’ll approach the campaign’s final stretch before the Nov. 6 election. Wagner was in the midst of complaining about ads attacking Wagner’s waste-hauling business.
Gov. Wolf responded Friday: “Was Wagner channeling John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Rambo in his latest unhinged rant?”
For Wagner, it’s the latest in a string of comments that reference violence.
A primary opponent’s attack ad in April called him “violent Wagner” and teased a video clip from last year when Wagner grabbed a camera from a campaign tracker working for a liberal political opposition group.
(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)