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Joe Biden endorses George Scott in 10th District race

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

Former Vice President Joe Biden has announced his endorsement of 10th District Democratic candidate George Scott, the highest-level endorsement of Scott so far in the race.

Biden announced the endorsement of Scott Thursday, Sept. 20, according to a news release from the Scott campaign.

In the endorsement letter, Biden praised Scott for his U.S. Army experience and service as a Lutheran pastor in Adams County.

He also highlighted Scott's political platform, which includes affordable access to health care, gun control and infrastructure investment.

"George will serve all the people of the 10th District,” Biden said. "He is exactly who we need in Congress to help bring common sense solutions back to Washington, bridge deep partisan divides and put the needs of the people of the 10th Congressional District first. I am proud to endorse George Scott.”

U.S. congressional candidate George Scott poses at his headquarters in Harrisburg on Friday, August 24, 2018. He is attempting to oust incumbent Rep. Scott Perry in the 10th District. Bill Kalina photo

Scott, just a day after debating his opponent, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township, at the Country Club of York, called the endorsement a "privilege."

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“It is truly a privilege to have the support of Vice President Biden," Scott said. "He has spent his entire life fighting for and serving the people of our state and our nation. As a congressman, I will work only for the people I represent and not the special interests currently poisoning our democracy.”  

Scott has also been endorsed by Pennsylvania Auditor Gen. Eugene DePasquale and organizations such as Equality PA and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Perry, a three-term incumbent, hasn't yet received endorsements from any high-level political figures.

U.S. House Rep. Scott Perry, of District 4, joins Democratic 10th Congressional District candidates George Scott, Shavonia Corbin-Johnson and Alan Howe during a debate at CASA in York City, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

But Perry's website lists several organizations that have endorsed him in the past year. These include: 

  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania
  • Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
  • The Club for Growth
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • National Right to Life
  • Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation