“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.