Don’t let the carefully crafted image in the picture above of Mr.-Rogers-turned-nice-caring-politician fool you. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is no Mr. Rogers. Just one look at his voting record (hard left with utter disregard for people’s rights, liberties, or livelihoods during CoVid-19 lockdowns) would put that idea to rest.
And with a voting record like that, his latest veto isn’t really a surprise. Jack Phillips writes,
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed election overhaul bill that would expand voter identification requirements, move up the voter registration deadline, limit the use of drop-boxes, and allow county officials to conduct early pre-canvassing for mail-in ballots, among other measures.
In explaining why he vetoed the bill, the Democrat governor wrote that he “made it clear I wouldn’t sign a bill that creates barriers to voting,” adding “that’s exactly what this bill does by: Limiting mail ballots, Capping early voting, Cutting voter registration time.”
On Wednesday, Wolf also used his line-item veto authority to remove a budget legislation proposal that would earmark millions of dollars to create an election-auditing agency.
Wolf separately wrote in his veto letter that he wants to work on legislation that can be passed on a bipartisan basis later this year.
The election measure, known as the Voting Rights Protection Act, passed in the GOP-held state Senate by a vote of 29 to 21, falling short of the two-thirds majority to override Wolf’s veto.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Seth Grove, a Republican who chairs the House State Government Committee, on Wednesday accused Wolf of failing voters and asserted that provisions within the bill are supported by most Pennsylvanians.
We’ll see what happens in the next gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania, but if Grove is right, then Wolf may be serving his last term in office as Governor of Pennsylvania. For the sake of the people of Pennsylvania, I hope that’s the case. We’ll have to see, though, won’t we?