The Montgomery County Commissioner won the support of Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke.
“Josh Shapiro will be an Attorney General who focuses on ethics, equity, and clean, transparent government,” Clarke said. “I am proud to support him.”
“In order to make our system truly equitable and efficient, Philadelphia needs committed partners at the state level,” he continued. “I look forward to working with Attorney General Shapiro to reform Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system, saving taxpayers billions of dollars and ensuring that low-level offenders have a chance to turn their lives around and become productive citizens.”
“I’m so grateful for the endorsement of President Clarke, and even more grateful for the leadership he provides to the city of Philadelphia each and every day,” Shapiro said. “President Clarke is on the frontline, working to reform our criminal justice system and I look forward to working together with him to get it accomplished.”
This endorsement is significant because it shows that Shapiro will fight furiously for Philadelphia’s trove of votes. His chief competitor, Allegheny DA Stephen Zappala, is getting help from the powerful labor leader John Dougherty. If Zappala were able to corner the market on Pennsylvania’s two largest cities (which are home to hundreds of thousands of Democrats), it would make Shapiro’s path to victory extraordinarily difficult.
Additionally, Clarke is far from a marginal player in Philly politics. In fact, the feeling has been just the opposite, as increasingly the perception is that the City Council head is outshining new Mayor Jim Kenney.
Other candidates for the Democratic nomination are attorney Dave Fawcett, Northampton DA John Morganelli and prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer. Embattled incumbent Kathleen Kane is also now insisting that she’ll run for re-election as well.