PA Senate Hopeful Dave McCormick Is Registering His Cars in Connecticut

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Dave McCormick greets supporters as he arrives for his returns watch party in the Pennsylvania primary election, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Sean Kitchen

August 28, 2023

Tax records reveal that Dave McCormick has two cars registered to his Westport, CT mansion.

Dave McCormick ran to represent Pennsylvania in the US Senate last year and is expected to run again next year in an effort to unseat incumbent Democrat Bob Casey, but a new story published Monday suggests that he continues to live out of state in Connecticut.

McCormick owns two vehicles, a 2019 Honda CRV and 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser, that are still registered to his Westport, Connecticut mansion, according to The American Independent. He was also still paying local taxes on the cars as recently as October 2022, the report states.

McCormick is in the process of hiring staff for his campaign in Pennsylvania and is raising money through his super PAC, but this is not the first report finding that he’s still living in Connecticut..

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported on McCormick’s lavish lifestyle on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast” and his Westport mansion. The AP described the Gold Coast as “one of the densest concentrations of wealth in America” and local real estate listings describe it as a “summer playground for America’s wealthiest families.”

The former hedge fund manager rents a $16 million mansion in Westport that includes a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, an elevator and a “private waterfront resort” overlooking the Long Island Sound.

McCormick amassed his wealth serving as the president of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, from 2009 to 2020, and then the CEO from 2020 to 2022.

The AP also reported that McCormick held virtual interviews from his Westport home as recently as this spring and “distinguishing features in the background match pictures that were posted publicly before the McComick’s moved in.”

Aside from the reporting about McCormick still living in Connecticut, his connections to individuals involved in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania’ has been drawing scrutiny.

Sam DeMarco, the chair of the Allegheny County Republican Committee, is currently serving as the chairperson of McCormick’s Pennsylvania Rising PAC. But after the 2020 election, DeMarco took part in a scheme that sought to hand Trump Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, despite his loss in the commonwealth. DeMarco served as one of the so-called “fake electors” in the plot.

The Penn Capital-Star found that McCormick has connections with five of Pennsylvania’s fake electors in total, including DeMarco.

In the weeks leading up to, and after, McCormick’s primary defeat against Dr. Oz, McCormick paid Michael Roman close to $40,000 between April and the end of June 2022.

Roman was one of 18 people who participated in former president Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results and was charged with violating Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, along with six other felonies.

Neil Oxam, a Democratic campaign consultant, told the Penn Capital Star, “The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and Casey will hold McCormick accountable for the company he keeps.”

 

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  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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