* Scott, who aspires to be a “servant-leader,” is a political moderate at a time when American politics is badly in need of some moderation.
* His aspiration to bipartisanship in an institution where that tradition is a dying art was also refreshing. He told the board that “it all starts with personal relationships … not just with people in my party, but with folks on the other side of the aisle … who want to solve tough issues.”
* After three terms in Congress, Perry has emerged as a sharp-elbowed partisan and loyal conservative foot soldier of the hyperpartisan Freedom Caucus, a coalition of GOP lawmakers whose main priority often seems to be less about effective governance and more about ensuring a permanent state of legislative paralysis on Capitol Hill.
It seems obvious to say, but elections are all about choosing the candidates who will best represent the interests and priorities of the people they serve.
For the first time in more than a decade, thanks to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, midstate residents will have a real chance to pick a congressman who truly represents them.
Rather than snaking down from northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, central Pennsylvania’s new 10th Congressional District includes all of Dauphin County, a big chunk of Cumberland County, and a portion of York County.
It is a district, in short, that looks like the capital region.
And this year, instead of choosing from incumbents who had negligible ties to the region, like U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, of Hazleton, and former U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, of Allentown, capital region residents will have the chance to choose from two candidates who make their home in central Pennsylvania.
And in incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, and Democratic opponent George Scott, both of York County, midstate residents are presented with a clear choice on Election Day.
Confronted with that choice, the Editorial Board of PennLive/The Patriot-News endorses Democrat George Scott as the best choice for election in the 10th Congressional District.
Read the full endorsement here.