Likened to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, the dispute over Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty’s emails from her tenure as Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff is headed to a Harrisburg courtroom on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania Republicans are asking a court to rule on its Right-to-Know request for emails from Wolf’s office, pennlive.com reported.
McGinty, a Democrat, is in a tight race against incumbent GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey in the November election.
“This seems to me to be running out the clock,” said Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed at a GOP-sponsored news conference on Monday. “They’re trying to run out the clock so they don’t have to turn over the emails prior to the election.”
The governor’s office has released 71 out of about 15,000 pages of emails but Republicans have dismissed those as innocuous or irrelevant: In one email, McGinty asked a staffer, “Can you get me a diet coke.” Another showed McGinty declining an invitation to someone’s daughter’s dance recital.
The GOP is also taking their fight online by creating a “Release the Emails” website in support of their request.
McGinty has led Toomey in most recent polls since the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls since late August gives the Democrat a slight 0.2 point edge. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race a Tossup.