Capital Region Stands Up has opened a new public pressure campaign aimed at U.S. Rep. Scott Perry.
The group dedicated to nurturing a grassroots progressive movement in the Harrisburg area has put up billboards on the East and West Shores calling for the five-term Congressman to resign, motivated by his reported role in support of one of former President Donald J. Trump’s more outlandish attempts to invalidate the result of the 2020 presidential election.
Perry was among a number of Pennsylvania Republican elected officials who raised issues with the Wolf Administration’s oversight of the election, and condemned state Supreme Court decisions that they felt usurped legislative authority. He also was a lead objector to the final certification of Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr.
And the New York Times reported last month that Perry was a central participant in a scheme with a then-acting Assistant Attorney General, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, to try to use the U.S. Department of Justice in an 11th-hour ploy to get Georgia legislators to decertify Biden’s win there.
Perry has acknowledged introducing Clark to Trump. He also has said he believed every conversation he had with the man was part of a fair airing of concerns about the legitimacy of the election. He’s refused multiple requests to answer other questions about his role.
He also did not respond to messages Friday seeking comment on the Capital Region Stands Up campaign. After initial calls for his resignation following the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks, Perry made clear he would not resign.
Capital Region Stands Up endorsed Democrat Eugene DePasquale, Perry’s opponent in the 2020 10th House District campaign, so its opposition to Perry is not new.
The billboards are part of a larger campaign by the group to, in its view, “hold Perry accountable for attacks on the democracy he is supposed to represent.” That campaign includes weekly protests at Perry’s district offices, and a campaign to pressure his largest corporate donors to end their support.
In a news release announcing the billboards, member Mike Alsher said Perry “is unfit to represent us. We deserve leaders who demonstrate the courage of real convictions and an absolute allegiance to uphold our freedoms and our rights.”
Various local and state Democratic Party organizations and labor groups have also called for Perry to step down this winter, as have editorial boards of The York Dispatch and PennLive.
Perry, a Republican from Carroll Township, York County, was re-elected in November to a fifth term in Congress from the 10th District, which comprises all of Dauphin and parts of Cumberland and York counties. He defeated Depasquale, winning 53.3 percent of the vote to DePasquale’s 46.7 percent.
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