Maverick Senator Calls for Pileggi Ouster

Scott Wagner ran promising to challenge the establishment. Now...

PA Independent, a right-leaning news outfit, reports that State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, is calling on his party to boot Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi from his leadership position.

Wagner, a freshman, ran for office promising to challenge the establishment. So he’s making good on that.

Wagner, R-York, wants state Sen. Dominic Pileggi out as majority leader, and he made those sentiments clear in a letter he sent to the Chester County Republican on Friday. Wagner accused Pileggi of blocking legislation that could help Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, shutting fellow Republicans out of negotiations regarding the Philadelphia cigarette tax and protecting private- and public-sector unions.

“The bottom line is this: I have concluded that it is not in the best interest of Pennsylvanians for you to continue as Senate Majority Leader,” Wagner wrote to Pileggi.

Pileggi declined comment, saying he viewed the letter as an internal caucus matter. He did, however, forward Wagner’s letter to every other Republican in the Senate.