What’s Marc Scaringi Up To?

By Laura Bonawits, Contributing Writer

2012 Casey opponent and former Santorum aide Marc Scaringi slipped onto the radar this past weekend after making a stop in a western Pa. restaurant, where he laid out some issues he plans to tackle and took a few jabs at his senatorial opponent.

Scaringi talked to a crowd of about 15 residents at Clementine’s Restaurant in Lower Burrell on Saturday, distinguishing himself as a senate candidate who’s never held office and not looking to pursue a long political career, the Valley News Dispatch reported.

“The founding fathers understood … that public service is something we do reluctantly,” he said, backing his support of a term limits and vowing not to serve for more than two terms if voted in.

So far, the GOP field has been without a frontrunner. Some of the biggest Republican names in the state, like U.S. Reps. Jim Gerlach and Charlie Dent, have taken a pass on the race. That’s all good news to Scaringi.

Without a doubt, Scaringi, 40, is a long-shot candidate. Not independently wealthy or an elected official, he knows he will need to work hard if he is to raise his profile and stand a chance at the nomination.

Scaringi has certainly been busy the past few weeks, attending a laundry list of events and going back and forth across the state to reach out to Pennsylvanians. Last week, he met with Westmoreland Co. Republicans and 9-12 leaders as well as the Mifflin County 9-12 Group in Lewistown; he spoke in front of the Allegheny County 5th District; Toured/Visited PA College of Tech – Business & Workforce Development in Williamsport and Universal Well in Williamsport (Marcellus Shale); and addressed the Constitution State Party Spring Meeting in Mechanicsburg.

This week Scaringi attended the Mid-Atlantic Gun Show at the Farm Show in Harrisburg and has plans on speaking to the Friends of the NRA in Mifflintown.

Back at Clementine’s, Scaringi offered his stands on issues ranging from the Health Care Reform Act to the Marcellus Shale.

“This is a remarkable gift, this Marcellus shale,” he said, noting it had the potential to stimulate the state’s economy with $4 billion and create more than 40,000 jobs with salaries between $50,000-60,000.

He also opposed “Obamacare,” dubbing it a “massive intrusion” on citizens’ lives.

Scaringi, a Georgetown University graduate, acquired his experience in federal government working as a legislative correspondent for Santorum in the ‘90s. After leaving Washington for Pa. in ’01, Scaringi served as former state attorney general Mike Fisher’s administrative assistant for five years.

March 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Playbook, Senate | No Comments