Scaringi Considers Run for Lt. Governor
Marc Scaringi told PoliticsPA that he is considering a run for the statewide office in 2022.
“I can confirm a potential interest in the office,” Scaringi said. “Several Republican grassroots organizers and leaders and state committeemen and women, some county chairmen have talked to me about running for Lt. Governor.”
“So, I am considering it,” Scaringi continued.
He added that he’s assessing the level of grassroots support and how much money he’d need to raise for the statewide bid as determining factors of whether to enter the race or not.
Scaringi believes the two most important issues on the minds of voters in 2022 will be the power of the state government and election integrity. He touted being outspoken over both matters over the past year.
“I think the two biggest issues on the minds of voters are the power of the state government to shut down businesses, to shut people into their homes, to shut down the schools due to COVID-19 or any viral illness or communicable disease,” Scaringi said. “Another big issue on the minds of voters of Pennsylvania is of course, election integrity.”
“Of course, I was at the forefront of the fight against Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Rachel Levine and their executive orders and their actions to shut down the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” he continued. “So, I led the fight in courts against that effort, so I think that will be a very important part, that’s very much on the tops of the minds of the voters of Pennsylvania and would be a big part of my candidacy.”
“I was also involved in the courts in representing the Trump campaign in bringing legal challenges, essentially equal protection claims, and other claims designed to try to secure and protect election integrity,” Scaringi added.
If Scaringi joins the race, it’d be his second attempt at a statewide office. In 2012, Scaringi ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, but only garnered about 7% of the vote in the five candidate field, won by Tom Smith.
Scaringi told PoliticsPA in December 2019 that he was considering a run for Attorney General, but ended up not joining the race.
While the GOP fields of Governor and U.S. Senate are already crowded, there hasn’t been as much chatter in the race for Lt. Governor.
In addition to Scaringi’s potential candidacy, former state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) confirmed to PoliticsPA earlier this week that he’s considering a run for the statewide office as well.
Former Attorney General candidate and Allegheny County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh has reportedly expressed interest in the GOP race. Sources also mention former Lt. Governor candidate Kathy Coder and Allegheny County GOP Chairman and Councilman Sam DeMarco as potential candidates in the 2022 race.
However, there is a possibility that the way Pennsylvanians select the lt. Governor is changed prior to the 2022 election. PennLive reports that there is a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to let each party’s candidate for governor pick their running mate, as opposed to a separate primary election.
This proposed constitutional amendment “awaits a final vote in the House” and if approved, would appear as a question on the ballot by the 2022 primary election.