By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Joe Miller shocked the Republican establishment last year with his long-shot primary victory over incumbent Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Senate Candidate Marc Scaringi is hoping to capture some of the magic. Scaringi this week welcomed Miller Communications Director Randy DeSoto to his campaign.
DeSoto handled press in one of 2010’s marquee Republican primaries, during which national Republicans and donors squared off against the Tea Party Express and former Governor Sarah Palin. DeSoto moved from Com Director to Press Secretary after Miller’s primary win. Murkowski won the general election with a write-in campaign.
“I’m grateful not only to have the opportunity to work on a U.S. Senate campaign again during these defining times in our nation’s history, but to be doing so in my home state and, once again, for someone I know and whose principles I believe in,” DeSoto said.
“The issues that divide Marc Scaringi and Bob Casey could not be clearer: Marc wants to return to the ideals of limited government and personal freedom, which made this nation the greatest on earth, while Casey wants to travel further down the Big Government road, which has brought our nation to the edge of financial ruin.”
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His Pennsylvania roots go deeper. He grew up in central PA and was appointed by former Congressman George Gekas to attend West Point, where he met Miller. He later interned in Gekas’s office while attending Regent University’s School of Law.
He worked with Scaringi, a Harrisburg-area attorney, on Mike Fisher’s campaign for Attorney General in 1996.
Scaringi is the only declared Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and has been positioning himself as a hard-line conservative. He has only raised about $52,000 for his campaign to date, but has maintained a rigorous schedule with a heavy emphasis on Tea Party outreach.
That’s an area where he and DeSoto (and Miller) are closely aligned.
Prior to his work with Miller, DeSoto wrote and was the assistant producer for the political film I Want Your Money, which lampooned the Obama administration. He’s a regular contributor for the conservative blog Red Country.
Scaringi was pleased to bring DeSoto on board.
“I’m excited that Randy DeSoto has decided to join our campaign team. He brings with him some great experience from the US Senate race in Alaska, and we share the same basic beliefs about the role the federal government should play in our lives,” he said.
“We also agree that many of the same dynamics are in play here that were in play in Alaska this past election cycle: most importantly that we have a U.S. Senator from our state, who believes that bigger government is the solution to our problems. Bob Casey has voted with Barack Obama and his Big Government agenda 97% of the time. And as Ronald Reagan aptly observed, ‘In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.’
“I look forward to working with Randy. We worked together in 1996 on Mike Fisher’s successful campaign for Attorney General here in Pennsylvania, and we intend have the same outcome in this race.”