Eugene DePasquale declares candidacy for #PA10 against Republican Perry | Monday Morning Coffee

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)

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

Sometimes you don’t ask yourself ‘Whether’ something will happen, but ‘When?’

It was just two, short years ago, after all, that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale took himself out of the running for the Democratic nomination for what was then the 4th Congressional District against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry.

And, then, faster than you could say, ‘Court-ordered congressional map,” Lutheran pastor and Army vet George Scott came within a mere 2.7 percentage points of knocking off Perry in heavily targeted race. And you just had to know that DePasquale, in-between carrying sandbags on his shoulders and dragging truck tires on chains held between his teeth, was somewhere silently kicking himself.

Not this time, bubbala.

Eugene DePasquale’s Facebook page.

As you can see from that there photo up there, DePasquale has confirmed news, broken in the midst of Budget Week last week, that he will, indeed, declare for 2020 against his fellow York Countian. And just a couple days later, obligingly, George Scott took himself out of the running for the Democratic nod.

“Washington has rigged the system against us. Beginning tomorrow, with your help, I’m going to punch back — and fight for people here at home,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Another Democrat, Tom Brier, is also seeking the Democratic nomination for the 10th District.

House Homeland Security Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Scott Perry makes opening remarks during a hearing on “critical canine contributions to the DHS mission’” in Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Pennsylvania Republicans, naturally, wasted little time pouncing on DePasquale’s emerging candidacy. They’ve been hammering him for weeksfor using his state job to advance his political ambitions.

DePasquale is currently serving his second, and final, term as the state’s elected fiscal watchdog.

“Egregiously, DePasquale has been a fraud and a failure as auditor general, holding himself out as an independent fiscal watchdog, all the while jet-setting across Pennsylvania while expensing taxpayers for nearly $100,000 as he used his official office to boost his personal political profile in advance of this Congressional announcement,” Jason Gottesman, a spokesman for the state party, said.

National Democrats have both the 10th District, and the Bucks County-based 1st Congressional District, held by GOP U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, in their sights for 2020.

In a statement released to the York Dispatch, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said the D-Trip was supporting* DePasquale’s candidacy.

“Middle-class families in Pennsylvania have been ignored and neglected by congressman Perry and his partisan, special-interest driven agenda for too long,” the spokesman, Mike Gwin, told the newspaper. said. “Eugene DePasquale has already proven himself to be an effective watchdog of taxpayer money as auditor, and he will be an effective fighter in Washington for hard-working Pennsylvanians.”

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If you’re looking for the view from 30,000 feet on Budget Week 2019, this collection of all our coverage will get you where you need to be — fast.

Also on our Commentary Page, regular contributor Dick Polman explains why Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to get rid of private health coverage could end up being an Election Year albatross for the Massachusetts Democrat.

Gov. Tom Wolf signs the Clean Slate bill into late in 2018. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

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Heavy Rotation.
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Monday’s Gratuitous Baseball Link.
After a huge win on Saturday, Baltimore returned to business as usual,dropping a 2-0 decision to Cleveland on Sunday.

And now you’re up to date.

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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