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A moving van stood outside of state Sen. Scott Wagner's office in York City Friday afternoon, when about 30 activists showed up to help Wagner "move."

The tongue-in-cheek volunteerism came after Wagner urged Republicans, in a "code red" email alert to his supporters before the recent election, to sell everything they own and move from Pennsylvania as fast as they can if Democrats get the majority in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Democrats won that majority on Nov. 3, so activists turned out to help Wagner follow his own advice.

The activists: About 30 "movers" showed up to lend their muscle.

Tara Mueller of York City stood in front of the van while holding a large protest banner stating, "Welcome to the people's court."

"We're calling him out on his promise," she said. "There's a lot of things we're not a fan of with Scott Wagner."

Activists chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, Senator Wagner's got to go."

Chad Baker, the local York Democratic Party chair, spoke through a megaphone.

"We're here today to help Senator Wagner follow up on his advice from himself," said Baker, who said Wagner's views aren't beneficial to the middle class.

Some of the activists at the event came from Pittsburgh.

One of them, Donald Cooper, said Wagner only cares about the wealthy.

Outcry against activists: Wagner's campaign manager, Amanda Davidson of York City, spoke out against the activists.

She said people organizing the protest are union-funded from Philadelphia don't belong in York.

"It's ridiculous," Davidson said.

When one of the activists was speaking, Davidson called her out for not knowing Wagner's first name.

Wagner was not happy with the activists that showed up in front of his office. He was not in his office Friday afternoon to comment to the public.

"The bottom line is if i could move my business to South Carolina or a more business friendly state, I'd move my business," he said.

Wagner said that he has used his helicopter to see schools from above, but he has been to almost all schools in the area personally.

He said he wished he had known the group was coming to his office with a moving truck, saying he would have given them school supplies to take with the truck to the schools that need them.

"They could've used that empty moving truck to take them out to the schools, but that would've involved work," he said.

As for the people visiting from out of county, Wagner was not thrilled they were there.

"To those who came from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, stay in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and solve their own problems," he said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com

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