ICYMI: York Daily Record Editorial Board Endorses George Scott Over Scott Perry

* When George Scott… stopped by for a chat with YDR’s editorial board, we asked him which House caucuses he would align himself with if elected. He emphasized the Problem Solvers caucus. Good answer.

* When YDR endorsed Scott Perry in the last election cycle, we urged him to be more bipartisan in his approach… If anything, he’s done the opposite.

* We think voters should give George Scott a chance to help change the tone in Washington. He’s a retired military officer and a Christian minister.


ICYMI: York Daily Record editorial board endorses George Scott over Scott Perry

When George Scott, Democratic candidate for the Pa. 11th congressional district, stopped by for a chat with YDR’s editorial board, we asked him which House caucuses he would align himself with if elected.

He emphasized the Problem Solvers caucus.

Good answer.

The Problem Solvers is a bipartisan caucus looking to build legislative bridges rather than walls. If there’s anything we need in Washington now, it’s more problem solvers and fewer problem creators. Sure, folks might disagree on issues, but must everything in D.C. be such a vicious blood sport? Can’t our representatives find areas where they agree and move forward on those issues?

Apparently not.

As it happens, Mr. Scott’s opponent, incumbent Republican Scott Perry used to be a member of the Problem Solvers caucus, but some time ago, he quit.

Now he’s a prominent member of the Freedom Caucus – the most conservative and unyielding group in the House.

It’s an interesting evolution. Mr. Perry started out more in the mold of his predecessor, Rep. Todd Platts, who was a principled conservative but also someone who could work with Democrats to get things done – and Platts followed another principled conservative, Bill Goodling. With the Freedom Caucus, it’s their way or the highway.

When YDR endorsed Scott Perry in the last election cycle, we urged him to be more bipartisan in his approach – as evidenced by his (so far unsuccessful) effort to remove federal laws forbidding medical marijuana.

If anything, he’s done the opposite.

We think voters should give George Scott a chance to help change the tone in Washington. He’s a retired military officer and a Christian minister.

He is decidedly more liberal than Rep. Perry, but his positions on a host of issues – from immigration to taxes to health care to education – make sense. And he’s willing to reach across the aisle.

This is looking like a tight race in a newly drawn district that’s more hospitable to Democratic candidates, so Rep. Perry might be in for a surprise Nov. 6. Even if he prevails, he should moderate his approach and rejoin the Problem Solvers caucus.

Read the full endorsement here.