GOP begins casting critical eye on Wolf’s nominees

    Gov. Tom Wolf’s Cabinet nominees haven’t begun making the rounds in the Republican-controlled Senate to introduce themselves, but several are already eliciting concerns from Republicans ahead of confirmation hearings.

    Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Republicans began discussing the confirmation process Wednesday and he hadn’t heard any concerns over the Democratic governor’s nominees.

    However, Republicans from western Pennsylvania in particular say they’re concerned about Wolf’s nominee to lead the Department of Environmental Protection and the effect his decisions could have on the energy and construction industries.

    The nominee is to be 55-year-old John Quigley, who led the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from 2009 to 2011 under former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell.

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    Under Rendell, Republicans challenged his two environmental protection nominees during the confirmation process, but ultimately confirmed both.

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