BREAKING: Stollsteimer Drops Out, Endorses Shapiro

Jack-StollsteimerThe Democratic field in the Attorney General’s race continues to shrink.

Jack Stollsteimer, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, announced today that he is dropping out and endorsing Josh Shapiro for the nomination.

“I want to thank all my supporters across Pennsylvania who have encouraged me to run, especially my family and close personal friends,” Stollsteimer said. “It has, however, become increasingly clear that 2016 is not the right year for me to make this race.”

“I am today endorsing Josh Shapiro for Attorney General,” he continued. “Josh is a public servant for whom I have great respect. His record of accomplishment in Montgomery County gives me confidence that Josh has the executive experience to restore integrity to the Office of Attorney General. Moreover, from his work as Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), I know that he is committed to implementing community focused law enforcement strategies to enhance public safety throughout our Commonwealth.”

“I am grateful to Jack for his faith in me and support of my campaign for Attorney General,” Shapiro responded. “Jack’s an experienced and accomplished former assistant U.S. Attorney with an exemplary record of public service. We both have worked hard to address the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse in Pennsylvania. I am proud to have his support and counsel as a criminal justice policy advisor to my campaign.”

Just yesterday, Pittsburgh attorney Dave Fawcett also ended his campaign for Attorney General. Fawcett cited the entry of Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala as the reason for his withdrawal although he did not endorse Zappala.

With these latest maneuvers, the Democratic primary now has one Southwestern candidate in Zappala, one Southeastern candidate in Shapiro, one Lehigh Valley hopeful in John Morganelli and a Scranton wildcard in Kathleen Kane.

9 Responses

  1. good choice is you made here is to endorse somebody else is to be the next attorney general in Pennsylvania in 2016.

  2. DELCO OBSERVER & gulagPittsburgh-

    State A.G. is a tough lift for a first time candidate. So, Jack’s decision is understandable.

    Delco needs to get a Dem DA. The corrupt (real and imagined) at A.G. office is nothing compared to the abuses of power and justice at the Delco courthouse.

    After the 2016 registration boost, the Dems in Delco will finally outnumber the R’s, and be viable to take a county wide election, with a good candidate.

    Hopefully, Jack will consider running for Delco DA and Josh will lend a hand/support.

  3. So he respects Shapiro (and probably got a promise of a job if he wins). That’s PA politics. But at least he had some prosecutor experience.

  4. Jack Stollsteimer seems like a good guy with some prosecutor experience…a shame he will not seek the nomination..need experienced people in the race on the D side to draw the contrast with the GOP politicians.

  5. jack Schapiro aint gonna stay in camp ain for genral atturny cuz catleen cain gonna be proofed to be dun nothing wrong she innocent,

  6. This guy’s endorsement and a quarter will almost buy you a phone call. Race is all Zappala.

  7. Does anyone else find it odd that Zappala didn’t get this ringing of an endorsement from his hometown guy when he dropped out yesterday?

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