Wolf pulls nominee for top elections official, slams Senate GOP over confirmation process
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday withdrew his nominee to be Pennsylvania's top elections official, accusing state Senate Republicans of turning the confirmation process into a partisan charade.
Wolf said Republican leaders were seeking a "record number" of hearings to confirm his acting secretary of state, Veronica Degraffenreid, and said she has been the victim of desperate and baseless smears by the top-ranking GOP leader.
Wolf nominated Degraffenreid to head the Department of State in March, calling her a nationally respected elections administration expert with experience heading up voting operations in North Carolina.
Wolf says the highest-ranking state senator, Republican Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County, has accused Degraffenreid of hiding something without giving her an opportunity to respond.
He said Degraffenreid will continue in the secretary's role on an acting basis.
A state Senate committee on Wednesday was scheduled to consider subpoenas to the Department of State after agency officials declined to participate in a hearing last week.
Legislative Republicans maintained their significant majorities last November in an election that many of them have complained about at the urging of former President Donald Trump, who lost Pennsylvania as part of his re-election defeat.
Corman spokesman Jason Thompson offered no immediate comment.