Scarnati to Push for Open Primaries in Pa.
In a speech to the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday Scarnati said he would introduce legislation to open up the primaries.
Scarnati says his support for the change is in part because of shifts in both parties towards the extremes.
“The extremes of the parties have taken over the primary process,” Scarnati said according to the Post-Gazette referring to the losses of state Sen. Randy Vulakovich to a candidate who branded himself as more conservative and of state Reps. Dom and Paul Costa to Democratic Socialist candidates.
“I’m a conservative. But I don’t know that I fit the new brand of conservative. And I’m not sure some of the democrats fit the new brand of liberals,” Scarnati added according to State House Sound Bites.
State House Majority Leader Dave Reed has also expressed support for changes to the way Pennsylvania conducts its primaries.