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GOP candidates disagree over attack ads, unions and wage law

Marc Levy
Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Laura Ellsworth is trying to take advantage of back-and-forth attack ads in Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary to win votes in the three-way contest.

Laura Ellsworth, one of the candidates seeking the Republican Party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid, debates with the other Republican candidates, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The others were Paul Mango, Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York County. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ellsworth closed a candidates’ forum in Harrisburg on Monday by saying the candidate who can best challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November’s election is the one conducting themselves with civility, decency and honor.

Her comments closed a 90-minute forum with fellow Republicans Scott Wagner and Paul Mango, who are challenging each other over the airwaves in sharp-elbowed attack ads.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania sponsored the forum and most questions dealt with business issues.

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Wagner defended his support for raising the minimum wage. Ellsworth and Mango are against it.

FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York County, seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's 2018 bid for re-election, takes part in the Montgomery County Republican Committee's gubernatorial forum in Blue Bell, Pa. Television attack ads are flying between Wagner and Paul Mango, a former health care systems consultant for McKinsey & Company, one month before Pennsylvania's Tuesday, May 15, 2018, primary election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Meanwhile, Mango is against a blanket right-to-work law in Pennsylvania. Ellsworth and Wagner are for it.