Outgoing Auditor General Wagner endorses Democrat DePasquale

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State Auditor General Jack Wagner today endorsed fellow Democrat Eugene DePasquale's bid to succeed him.

Mr. DePasquale, a state representative from York County who grew up in Squirrel Hill, faces state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, in the Nov. 6. election.

Mr. Wagner, who is barred from seeking a third term as auditor general and is a prospective candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh next year, once served on city council with Mr. DePasquale's grandfather, Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale.

He said Mr. DePasquale already has demonstrated fiscal responsibility by posting his expenses online and returning taxpayer money he didn't use.

Mr. DePasquale said his experience as an economic development official in York County will help him to monitor the use of job-creation incentives the state gives employers. He said Mr. Wagner set the standard for auditor general and he would emulate his example.

"When you're the auditor general, regardless of who the governor is, you're there to call it like you see it," Mr. DePasquale said.

Mr. Wagner said he's still seriously considering a run for mayor. Controller Michael Lamb and Councilman Bill Peduto also are possible challengers to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl next year. breaking - electionspa - electionsmunicipal

Joe Smydo: jsmydo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1548. First Published October 24, 2012 3:45 PM


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