Now, he’s officially in.
After months of speculation, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale officially announced his bid for the 10th Congressional District.
“Folks here at home are getting ripped-off by people in Washington,” DePasquale said in a release. “The scales have been tipped in favor of special interests, partisan political insiders, and wealthy corporations at our expense. I’m running for Congress because Washington needs more people punching back, fighting for us.”
DePasquale is the second Democrat to announce intentions for the seat. Tom Brier, an attorney and author, announced his candidacy for the seat a couple of months ago. George Scott, who was the Democratic candidate against Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in 2018 announced on Friday that he will not be seeking the seat in 2020.
The Pennsylvania GOP shot out a release calling DePasquale a “fraud” and calling it a “flat-out lie” that he plans on seeking more than one term in Congress citing Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette articles from late 2018 reporting that DePasquale was mulling a bid for Governor or Senate in 2022.
Perry, who is in his fourth term in Congress, most recently won reelection by a 2.5 point margin in the newly-drawn district, which is less conservative in comparison to the previous 4th District he represented.
Perry’s campaign said DePasquale is the “hand-picked candidate of Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats who want want to move America towards Socialism and destroy access to quality healthcare, increase taxes – through the roof – on working class families, and cost us thousands of jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”
Why the delay? Waiting until July 1 to make the scuttlebutt official means DePasquale’s first FEC report won’t be due until September. It also gave him time to spend his state campaign funds on positive digital ads highlighting his work as Auditor to prospective PA10 voters – a common legal avenue for candidates for PA state office who are limited in what they can directly transfer to a federal campaign.
This story was updated with comment from the Perry campaign.