Northampton DA Morganelli Ponders LG Bid
John Morganelli, the Northampton County District Attorney and former candidate for Pa. Attorney General, is weighing a bid for Lieutenant Governor.
“This is not an announcement, but I am considering running for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014,” he told PoliticsPA via email. “I believe that as a moderate Democrat from the Lehigh Valley, I would compliment any of our prospective candidates for governor.”
He said he’ll make a definitive announcement later this year.
If he gets in, he’d join Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith. State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) is also considering a run.
“I still have a solid statewide organization from my 2008 campaign for attorney general, and a solid campaign fund with cash on hand of $260,000,” he continued, and noted that his prosecutorial background would be an asset. “I have strong labor support, and would be able to articulate the case against Corbett’s re-election from a law enforcement perspective including his handling of the Sandusky investigation.”
Morganelli fell 6.7% short of Tom Corbett in the 2008 AG race. Jim Eisenhower defeated him by 1.7% in the 2000 Democratic primary and 4.8% in 2004.
His claim to fame is his tough approach on illegal immigration – a stance that has caused him trouble in his own party at times.