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PA-8: Petri Announces Campaign (VIDEO)

State Representative Scott Petri has officially announced his run for Congress.

“I’m Scott Petri and I’m running for Congress to represent us in Washington,” he states. “We have a certain way of looking at things, it’s called common sense. It’s what most of us use to solve problems. For some reason, in Washington, common sense seems to be few and far between.”

In his opening video, Petri touched on everything from the economy, foreign policy, the national debt, drug addiction and political correctness.

“As a conservative, I believe it is our responsibility to be good stewards,” Petri pledges. “We must leave the campsite in better shape than we found it.”

Petri has long been considered a prime candidate for the PA-8 seat. He launched his exploratory committee back in May and filed with the FEC in October.

Other Republicans are still circling the race, like former Bucks County Commissioner Andy Warren and 2008 nominee Tom Manion. Nevertheless, Petri is considered the GOP favorite.

On the Democratic side, State Rep. Steve Santarsiero is running against 2014 candidate Shaughnessy Naughton.

The 8th district consists of all of Bucks County and parts of upper Montgomery County. Incumbent GOP Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is retiring. The seat is rated R+1 and therefore is one of the most competitive congressional seats in the nation.

15 Responses

  1. You can tell the piece about “radical Islam” was spliced in at the last minute. Following the polls is not leadership. And when you have to remind your audience that you’re a “conservative,” red flags should go up. Anyone digging into Petri’s voting record will see otherwise.

  2. rsklaroff, let me clarify for you. This Petri dude always looks like he is dropping a deuce.

  3. The “usual suspects” appear to have emerged and must be rebuffed; CentPADem fails to recognize, for example, that the legislature should be informed by the governor of what he would do with extra-$ to justify his request for a tax hike…Jim properly recognizes that Jim Cawley isn’t running for this seat [indeed, he introduced Scott @ a $-raiser last Saturday-p.m.]…and Alan’s comment is best viewed as self-referential, for Scott’s mien is best characterized as projecting an “everyman” posture.

  4. Interpretation – I have sufficiently spread my conservative spew to keep Harrisburg in political gridlock and I am now ready to do the same at the federal level. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

  5. What I sensed when he spoke was precisely how Congressman Jon David Fox handled his 4-year tenure, two decades ago; he conveys the impression that–were the listener in his shoes, knowing what he knows–he would be doing what the constituent would do.

  6. “Im running for congress to represent us in washington”… thx petri for the geography lesson. hopefully you spend less time with big government special interests than you did in harrisburg. put taxpayers first.

  7. His speech – that I attended – was in Middletown, not Richboro; he was personable and discussed middle-class concerns that are channeled in the video that y’all liked.

  8. @rsklaroff i’m not anti Petri but he has a lot of work to do to connect with middle income people. The 8th is not made up of New Hope type people. Scott has never really been tested before in a ruby red district. Frank Farry would have been a better fit.

  9. I disagree; I saw him @ a meeting ~ a month ago, and the ~30 people present were universally impressed. He maintained good eye-contact and was interactive during Q&A; he did not deliver a “stock” speech, it seemed, because–after he discussed his background–he admixed Harrisburg doings and how they carry national implications.

  10. Nice Video, Scott is not great on the stump but comparing him to Mike Fitzpatrick is just not fair. Steve Santarsiero is a fantastic campaigner he has a large Republican following in his home district. Gonna be a close race. Scott is very lucky Naughton is still in the race should bloody up Steve in the Primary.

  11. I have met him a few times, and he appears to be BOTH up-to-speed regarding the key congressional issues [national/international] and highly-informative regarding what has occurred in Harrisburg.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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