Daily Item – Debate and Straw Poll Boost Scaringi

SUNBURY — Marc Scaringi is gaining attention, but it remains to be seen whether it will

Marc Scaringi - Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

translate into campaign dollars or the Republican nod to challenge Sen. Bob Casey, R-Pa., for his U.S. Senate seat.

Pittsburgh native Scaringi, a Harrisburg attorney and former staffer to now-presidential hopeful Sen. Rick Santorum, scored two recent feathers in his cap:

Political website PoliticsPA.com graded Scaringi highest among seven GOP contenders who gathered for a Pennsylvania Society debate Dec. 13.

Scaringi had “a very strong debate,” according to PoliticsPA. “It was clear he knows the issues, knows a variety of ways to criticize Casey along with President Obama and was even ready to take on his primary opponents,” including something of a verbal spar he had with fellow candidate Steve Welch.

He came out on top of a recent straw poll by the group, Blair County Republican Women, which asked who people would vote for among the Republicans if they had to vote that day.

What this does financially for Scaringi is unknown, but “it was nice to have and helpful to the campaign,” he said Monday at The Daily Item offices while in Sunbury to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa….

Scaringi is happy to see U.S. troops leaving Iraq and hopes it’s the start of rethinking for U.S. foreign policy. Part of his foreign policy plan calls for removing bases from areas where the United States has no national interest.

“Bringing troops home would save billions,” he said, and without a Communist threat, there is no longer need for bases in Germany and Italy, he said….

Scaringi is in a push of sorts before breaking for Christmas. He will continue his grassroots efforts, traveling to Franklin, Adams and possibly Butler counties. And after the holidays, he’ll start to prepare for the endorsement announcement from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, likely to come at the end of January.

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