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jakecormanThe buzz about the Republican field looking to challenge Sen. Bob Casey in 2012 continues to grow, because we just got done with a great Senate race and we just can't wait for another. As I reported Saturday, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, is in the mix, but he's not talking about it yet. State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, the appropraitions chair, is being a bit more gabby, telling StateCollege.com that he's considering a run and taking some shots at Casey:

Asked what prompted his interest in a potential U.S. Senate run in 2012, Corman responded: "As a father, I'm concerned about the direction of the country and the massive debt that's been piled up over the past couple years."

He believes that Casey's voting record "has added to that debt with his support of the stimulus and health-care bills," Corman said. "That's a concern to me.

"You can sit by and complain about it, or you can do something about it," he said. "So I am giving it some consideration."

Corman said he'll be talking with his family, friends and "key people around the state" about a potential run in 2012. He said he wants the U.S. to be a place where his children can grow and prosper.

Harrisburg attorney (and Murrysville native) Marc Scaringi is the only GOP'er to officially declare so far. Others being considered include U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent and Jim Gerlach, Westmoreland County state Sen. Kim Ward and Pittsburgh media personality Glen Meakem.

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