Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t have a fave superhero, but he did love “Classics Illustrated” — which explains so much

    Answering the important questions. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Instagram)

    Gov. Tom Wolf held an Q&A session on Instagram on Wednesday. And while it lacked the intensity of … say … the Watergate hearings, there were a few surprise glimpses into the psyche of Pennsylvania’s chief executive.

    For one, the session did settle the “Debate We Didn’t Even Know We Were Having” over whether Wolf prefers an air fryer or a slow cooker.

    “Actually, it’s Instapot,” Wolf, dressed in an open-collared shirt, with the sleeves rolled up, confided. “My wife [First Lady Frances Wolf] and I did get an Instapot for Christmas this year.”

    The eternal question of onions on his hot dogs? That’d be a big “no.” Wolf prefers ice cream over frozen custard. And his favorite color, of course … navy blue.

    But there were also some serious policy questions in the mix.

    Asked about the prospect of an increase to Pennsylvania’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage, Wolf said it’ll happen “as soon as the General Assembly votes for it. I’ve been proposing it since I got here.”

    Asked about “what role [he saw] restorative justice playing in an initiative to legalize marijuana,” Wolf responded that he “wants to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana,” and “really wants to get people out of prison and back into the workplace.”

    On the question of open primaries and when Pa. might see new election machines (which is something of an issue right now), Wolf said he counted himself an open primary supporter. He added, “I would like Pennsylvania to have new voting machines everywhere by 2020.”

    His answer on the opioids crisis was a familiar one: It’s a “very complex issue that needs to be addressed from all angles. One of the things we need to do is make sure we tell our kids about the dangers of using drugs.”

    And, because nature apparently abhors a vacuum, there was also question about Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s 67-county listening tour on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana.

    And, finally, for those of you who might have thought the young Tom Wolf thrilled to the adventures of Batman or The Avengers, disabuse yourself right now. Wolf preferred “Classics Illustrated” — the condensed, comic book versions of such great books as “The House of the Seven Gables,” “Ivanhoe,” “Moby Dick,” and other public-domain titles that most people haven’t read since 9th grade English class.

    Which is the Tom Wolfiest of all answers, when you think about it.

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.


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