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Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale might challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Perry

Written by Ed Mahon/The York Daily Record | Feb 21, 2018 6:17 PM
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U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, left, shakes hands with state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale during the inauguration of Tom Wolf in Harrisburg on Jan. 20, 2015. DePasquale is now considering challenging Perry to represent the 10th Congressional District. (Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record/Sunday News)

(Undated) -- Eugene DePasquale, the state auditor general and former state representative for York, is considering running against U.S. Rep. Scott Perry.

The potential move comes in response to new congressional districts for Pennsylvania. The new map from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would make Perry's seat more competitive for Democrats.

Here's what DePasquale said on Twitter Wednesday morning:

"Thanks to everyone for the support to run for the #PA10 House Seat. D.C. can use someone w/a record of bringing ppl together. Must weigh that against day to day effectiveness I have for the ppl of #PA (rape kit backlog, child protection, etc). Will decide before petitions begin."

DePasquale was first elected state auditor general in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

As auditor general, his job is to be the independent fiscal watchdog for state government and Pennsylvania taxpayers. He has said the state's child-welfare system is brokencriticized the number of untested rape kits in the state, and called forlegalizing and taxing the recreational use of marijuana.

The new 10th District would include all of Dauphin County, northern York County and parts of Cumberland County. In some ways, the district becomes centered around the Harrisburg region.

Meanwhile, much of southern and eastern York County would join Lancaster County in the 11th Congressional District, where Republican U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker lives. 

The change means that Smucker's seat likely becomes safer for Republicans, while Democrats would have a better chance of winning Perry's seat. Perry's seat would change from "Solid R" to "Likely R," according to The Cook Political Report.

Republicans have vowed to challenge the map in federal court, according to the Associated Press.

Perry has criticized the new map. He said it was drawn to serve one party.

"Every State in the Nation needs to pay closer attention right now: apparently your state's constitution means nothing," he said in a statement. "The next step is trampling over the U.S. Constitution."

George Scott, a Democratic challenger to Perry, expressed support for the new map. He said, "the Pennsylvania Supreme Court put us closer to districts that are more free and more fair by resolving the partisan gerrymander of the 2011 map."

Another Democratic challenger, Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, posted a map of the new 10th Congressional District on Twitter and Facebook. 

"The district lines have changed, but my commitment to each and every community has not," she wrote. "Every one of our voices in the 10th District is going to D.C. in November."

Activist Gene Stilp was surprised by the details of the new map that the Supreme Court drew. On Tuesday, he announced that he would enter the Democratic primary for the new 10th Congressional District.

"The insanity that the Republicans forced on Pennsylvanians after the last redistricting is over," Stilp said in a statement.

The key issues Stilp will focus on? Impeaching President Donald Trump and breaking the "stranglehold that the NRA has on the Congress."

In response to the new map, the Democratic Party of York County said in an email Tuesday that the number of potential candidates in York County's two congressional districts has increased.

Meanwhile, the York County Republican Committee has criticized the new map.

"This power grab is just the beginning of the Democrats' scheme to retake the majority by using dirty tricks to pick up seats," the local GOP said in an email.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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