By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Senate candidate Marc Scaringi is backing Senator Jim DeMint’s filibuster threat over the upcoming debt limit vote. DeMint has threatened to filibuster any such measure unless it is accompanied by a balanced budget amendment.
“A Balanced Budget Amendment will force our career politicians to spend within our means and will help pull our country back from the edge of economic ruin,” said Scaringi in a statement. “It will also bring about a smaller federal government. Less government means more freedom for all Americans. And, that is what America is all about. Go Senator DeMint!”
The filibuster threat is bullish but not out of character for DeMint, one of the Senate’s most staunchly conservative members.
Moreso, it’s an interesting move for Scaringi. It signals that he may be inclined toward the more conservative wing of the Senate GOP as opposed to the more moderate establishment.
It could also be an effort to boost fundraising. DeMint has a history of getting involved in Senate races around the country, including Pennsylvania. He announced his support for Pat Toomey while Senator Arlen Specter was still a Republican. He later helped Toomey raise money.
Scaringi, an attorney and former staffer to Senator Rick Santorum, is competing for the Republican nomination against Senator Bob Casey in 2012.
In the same statement, Scaringi laid out his support for the controversial budget cuts pushed by some of the country’s more notable Republican governors.
“Most states are required to balance their budgets. The requirement to balance the budget makes heroes and statesmen out of our politicians. Just look at the heroic actions of Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio. Those men are taking on the powerful special interests in their states and are winning in their efforts to rein-in spending and balance their budgets.”