The DePasquale Effect? Dem George Scott says he won’t run again in #PA10 in 2020

    Former Democratic 10th Congressional candidate George Scott, of York County, announced he will not make a second run for the seat in 2020. The seat is currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry. Image via George Scott campaign Facebook Page

    George Scott, the pastor and Army veteran who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in 2018, said Friday that he won’t be making a second bid in 2020.

    In a statement, Scott said he “consulted a variety of people, talked it over with my family, and of course prayed over the decision,” as he weighed a return candidacy for a seat that national Democrats have in their sights for next year.

    “After reviewing all the factors and variables, I have decided to not run for Congress in 2020.  I believe that South Central Pennsylvania is on the verge of change, and I look forward to supporting a strong Democratic candidate who can defeat Congressman Perry and be the change we need in Washington,” he said.

    Scott’s announcement comes just days after reports that Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, of York County, who’s finishing his second, and final term, as Pennsylvania’s elected fiscal watchdog, was eyeing a campaign against Perry.

    Citing sources, The National Journal, a publication that covers Congress, reported that DePasquale would announce his candidacy in early July. DePasquale did not return a text message from the Capital-Star earlier this week seeking comment on the story.

    A DePasquale candidacy would set up an-all York County contest between he and Perry, who both served in the state House before moving onto greener pastures.

    Scott, a Lutheran pastor and retired Army colonel, lost to Perry by 2.7 percent in a district that President Donald Trump carried by more than 9 percentage points in 2016.

    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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