PAUL NEWMAN, THE ACCLAIMED ACTOR AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, ONCE SAID, “IF MY EYES EVER TURN TO BROWN, MY CAREER IS SHOT TO HELL.” THEY NEVER TURNED, AND OF COURSE THROUGHOUT HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER, MR. NEWMAN OFFERED US MORE THAN THOSE BLUE EYES; BUT MAN, THEY WERE SOME BLUE EYES. I THINK ABOUT ALL OF THIS TWENTY SECONDS INTO MEETING MY DINNER INTERVIEWEE, SCOTT MARTIN. “MAN, THOSE ARE SOME BLUE EYES.”
The rumor on the street was that Scott, a former Lancaster County Commissioner, was planning to run for Joe Pitt’s vacated seat in the United States Congress. When Scott didn’t, and instead opted for the Pennsylvania Senate seat, all were surprised. The man barely has time to hear the evening’s dinner specials from our waiter before I confront him with a question on why he chose the PA Senate versus the U.S. Congress.
Without missing a beat, he talks of his two sons, Hayden (age 8) and Gavin (age 5). “I didn’t want to be an I-95 dad, traveling back and forth to D.C. I wanted to be home at night and be a part of their lives.” He explains that he enjoys helping with the coaching duties as his sons explore a litany of sports including baseball, wrestling, soccer, and starting this year in Scott’s area of expertise— football. Scott’s involvement in his sons’ lives is evident in his excitement when he discusses them, but also in his political Facebook page. Almost every picture is of both boys. When I ask who is cultivating his social media, he smiles and points to himself. It appears that although he has a campaign team, candidate Martin does quite a lot of the selfpromotion. Granted, being a Republican in Lancaster County gives him an inherent edge (except in Lancaster City races), but he was sincerely challenged in the primary. When I ask him about the challenge from the other two candidates, he leans forward and says that he loves the debate. He loves the exchange of ideas. “There should be competition, but you have begun to see less and less people run. We need good people with good ideas to run.”
And his good ideas (at least the ones heholds dear as those which define himas a Republican, even though I tell him has left him and these ideals) include:limited government, finding lower costsfor running government, pro-life, and individual responsibility. Throughout the interview, Scott harkens back to his time as Commissioner, when he was able to work with others—Democrat or Republican—to find ways to make government run more efficiently with less cost. “We were able to improve county services without raising taxes,” he tells me. If he is voted in as Senator, he says he will work to make the tax monies we pay to the state come back to us rather than to the power centers of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. “Take drug and alcohol funding. Why does Philadelphia have four times the need of Lancaster County, but receives 12 times the amount of funding? We just don’t get back what we put in. We need to do a better job, modernize, be more efficient, and move away from the adage of ‘we have always done it that way.’”
For access to the full article, reference page 19 of the Issue 39 pdf.
Photos by Will Marks