DePasquale Mulls Next Step, Possibly Congress
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s main focus remains on his current position, but that isn’t stopping him from considering another run for public office.
DePasquale’s second term ends in January 2021, but the York County Democrat believes his record in Harrisburg can set him up for another possible elected office.
It was first reported by Alex Clearfield of the National Journal, whose sources told him DePasquale is “strongly considering challenging” Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District.
Today, DePasquale told PoliticsPA that he won’t rule it out – or a run for other office, like Governor or U.S. Senate in 2022. He said he believes the work his office has done has improved the lives of Pennsylvanians and said he wants to continue public service beyond this term.
“I want to continue my public service, over the next couple of months and talk to people what will be the best fit,” he said.
But he was open with his thoughts about Congress.
“Reform is needed in Washington D.C.,” DePasquale said. He cited his record of reform in Harrisburg and specifically stated that the economy has not been fair to the middle class and the opioid crisis needs to be better addressed by Congress as well.
“I believe at the federal level, the economy has not been fair to the middle class in Pennsylvania,” DePasquale said.
The National Journal report had all the hallmarks of a trial balloon, either from recruiters at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), DePasquale himself, zealous supporters, or potential opponents in 2022.
Perry bested Democrat George Scott in 2018 by a 2.5 point margin in the newly-drawn district, which is not as conservative as the previous 4th District he represented.
DePasquale said he plans to talk to his family, party leaders across the state and country, and activists about what would be best.
“It would be fair to say regardless, we can get into which ones are meaningful, I value public service, I believe I still will have something to offer the public,” he said.
The DCCC has listed the 10th District as one of three seats the party is hoping to flip in 2020.
A number of statewide Democrats appear to be on a collision course for either Governor and Senate in 2022, which reports have included DePasquale, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and Treasurer Joe Torsella.
On the same day the report leaked about DePasquale’s possible interest in PA10, the Pennsylvania GOP, which seldom has taken a swipe ad DePasquale in recent years, issued a press release criticizing the AG on his handling of the turnpike.