The odds are that Scott Perry will be a Congressman as long as he wants to. It comes as no surprise that the Republican in line to replace outgoing Rep. Todd Platts (R-York) is attracting attention from national GOP bigwigs like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who keynoted a fundraiser for Perry Tuesday night.
What kind of position awaits Perry if and when he joins the House GOP caucus?
“Any role he wants,” said Cantor, according to a GOP source in the audience. “Rarely do you get a guy like Scott with his pedigree and his personality. He will be a tremendous asset to the House it takes a special person to represent as diverse a district as the 4th.”
“He was always have my ear. It is really rare you find someone with Scott’s pedigree.”
Perry, of Dillsburg, started a business in the 1990s. He was elected to the Pa. House in 2006. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq where he conducted helicopter missions in combat.
Platts announced his retirement early in 2012, citing a 12 year term limit pledge he’d taken. Perry cleared a crowded primary field in April, one of just a few hopefuls who didn’t take a term limits pledge.
Although the 4th district (formerly number 19) grew slightly more Democratic – it added the city of Harrisburg, for example – it’s a safe bet for the GOP for the next decade.
Perry faces engineer Harry Perkinson in the general election this fall. Perkinson, of York County, has run as a true blue Democrat in this red district. His campaign criticized Perry and Cantor.
“We welcome Majority Leader Cantor to the 4th District,” said a Perkinson campaign spokesman. “It is good to see that he is checking in on his protege, Scott Perry, to make sure that he is in line with the Republican messaging.”
“We could have saved him the gas money to come to Camp Hill and told him that he shouldn’t have to worry – Mr. Perry has offered no new solutions, has a weak legislative record and says all the right Republican talking points. If Mr. Perry goes to Washington, he will be in lockstep with Mr. Cantor and Speaker Boehner in the no jobs, no ideas, do-nothing Republican Congress.”
The funds raised from Tuesday’s event went to Perry’s campaign but might end up in a leadership PAC, called First Capital PAC, that Perry formed in August – another sign that Perry intends to be a player in D.C.