Bobby Casey endorses guy both parties hate in PA-10
Via PoliticsPA, yesterday morning:
PA10: Casey Endorses DePasquale:Sen. Bob Casey has endorsed Eugene DePasquale for PA’s 10th Congressional District. DePasquale defeated Tom Brier by 15 points in the Democratic primary and will face Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) for the seat in November. The Cook Political Report currently has it as a Toss-Up.
We sort of have to laugh about this. I mean, sure, a Democratic Senator endorsing a Democrat after he's clinched the nomination isn't news.
What's great is that Casey wouldn't do it before the primary was fought.
As a reminder, pretty much everyone in Pennsylvania hates Eugene, thought he was using his office as auditor to boost his political career, and wanted him reined in. The PA Post, from last year:
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale made it official earlier this month that he was running for Congress but state lawmakers say they picked up on his desire to advance his political career long before that announcement.
DePasquale’s frequent press conferences both in Harrisburg and around the state, the flurry of news releases, and his forays into policy areas that go beyond the traditional responsibilities of the auditor general’s office made him one of the most visible state officials around.
The uptick in those activities since DePasquale’s re-election in 2016 raised a red flag for some lawmakers. To some, the state’s fiscal watchdog had his eye on something beyond keeping watch over how state tax dollars are being spent.
That led them to believe the auditor general’s office, with a budget last year of $40 million, must have money to spare. So they cut the auditor general’s funding by 10 percent, to $36.5 million.
In the enacted 2019-20 state budget which had enough money leftover to make a $317 million deposit into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, it was a different story for the appropriation given to the other two statewide row offices. The attorney general’s office got an increase while the treasurer received a much smaller cut than the auditor general.
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre County, said the decision to cut the auditor general’s office’s funding so deeply drew no objections from Republican or Democratic lawmakers.
“Most people, Republican and Democrat, agreed that apparently he’s got too many resources that he is out there getting involved in areas that don’t come under the purview of the auditor general so he could withstand a reduction in his budget,” he said.
“It was just obvious he spends a lot of time trying to get his name in the public to make a name for himself for future political considerations,” Corman said. “If he has that much extra time on his hands, then his department could use less resources.”
LOL. Sounds like Rep. Scott Perry will have some fun content for attack ads now that the primary is done and dusted.