Dem DePasquale will launch PA10 bid against Republican Rep. Scott Perry in July: report

    Pennsylvania Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (L) and Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, of the 10th Congressional District. (Photos from WikiMedia Commons Capital-Star photo collage by John L. Micek)

    So there’s been chatter for a while now that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is gearing up for Democratic bid against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania’s rejiggered 10th Congressional District.

    Now, it would appear, there’s an actual launch date.

    The National Journal, a publication that covers Congress, reported Tuesday that DePasquale will launch his bid in July, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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    DePasquale, of York County, is a “dream recruit” for Democrats who has “name ID & statewide profile,” the National Journal noted. The brief also observes that a court-ordered map made the district “much more blue.”

    If it happens, that would set up an-all York County contest between DePasquale and Perry, who both served in the state House before moving onto greener pastures. DePasquale is serving out his second, and final term, as Pennsylvania’s elected fiscal watchdog. And Democrats have been eyeing Perry’s seat for a while now.

    Last fall, Perry beat Democrat George Scott, a York County pastor, 51-48 percent in a hotly contested race. Scott is believed to be eyeing a 2020 comeback, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

    DePasquale did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

    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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