Harrisburg lawyer to challenge Sen. Casey in 2012

Let the 2012 election battles begin.

A Harrisburg lawyer is announcing his intention to challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in 2012.

Republican Marc Scaringi (skuh-RIN-jee) officially filed this week to run for the Scranton Democrat's Senate seat.

"We have a president and his allies in Congress who are trying to transform an independent, prosperous people into dependents and wards of the government," Scaringi said in a statement first reported by The Morning Call of Allentown. "Casey is one of those."

Scaringi, 40 of Murrysville, worked on the staff and the campaigns of former Sen. Rick Santorum, whom Casey beat in 2006.

Scaringi also worked for former state Attorney General Mike Fisher.

Casey tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he is busy raising money and otherwise gearing up for the race. Other possible challengers include U.S. Reps. Jim Gerlach and Charlie Dent, along with Pittsburgh conservative talk show host Glen Meakem. Other lawmakers who may be contenders include House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) and state Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre).

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