Senate GOP leader wants to unload lieutenant gov’s residence

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A senior Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate wants to sell the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap, telling fellow senators it would save money.

President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on Thursday asked for co-sponsors for legislation he’s drafting to unload the three-story, 2,400 square foot house.

Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman isn’t living there and has plans to let children use the pool this summer. Fetterman says the National Guard, which is based at Fort Indiantown Gap, has expressed an interest in acquiring the house.

Staff and maintenance costs have run $400,000 annually in recent years.

Scarnati, of Jefferson County, used the home while serving as lieutenant governor from late 2008 until early 2011.

Fetterman was elected in November. The former Braddock mayor maintains an apartment in Harrisburg.

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