Clarke Goes to Bat for Shapiro in New TV Ad (VIDEO)

Darrell Clarke is the second-most powerful official in Philadelphia.

In fact, some have argued he is the most powerful politician in Philly.

Either way, his endorsement in a Democratic primary is a valuable one to have and Josh Shapiro is trying to get all he can out of it.

The Philadelphia City Council President is the star of the Attorney General hopeful’s new thirty-second TV spot, which is titled “Equal Justice”.

“I’m backing Josh Shapiro for Attorney General because things have to change,” Clarke states in a direct-to-camera testimonial. “We need criminal justice reform because our prisons are far too over-crowded. We have to deal with drug addiction through treatment not incarceration. And to use our prisons for those who are truly violent and we need to get illegal guns off our street.”

The ad then lists Shapiro’s prominent Philly supporters, former Gov. Ed Rendell chief among them.

“Josh Shapiro will be an Attorney General committed to fairness and equal justice,” Clarke concludes.

Shapiro is running against Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala and Northampton County DA John Morganelli in the April 26th Democratic primary.

March 28th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories, Video | 21 Comments

21 thoughts on “Clarke Goes to Bat for Shapiro in New TV Ad (VIDEO)”

  1. vince says:

    Steve Zappala is the right choice for our next Attorney General of PA. He knows the Job of Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Josh is just joshing people into voting for him. He has been a County Commissioner for most of his career – a political operative. Josh Shipiro is not the best person for the job. Steven Zappala is the most qualified.

  2. aaron says:

    Has Fina resigned yet??

  3. Shady Shapiro says:

    Clarke you won’t be Mayor. Johnny Docs doing Bobby Henon. Helping Shapiro helps Dougherty. Dougherty will give his ground troops in the NE and NW to Shapiro. Therefore hedging his bets to insure no matter who wins AG. No one prosecutes!! Wake Up Darryl your out of the loop. Moron

  4. HaHaHa says:

    Senator – you can always write-in Kathleen Kane

  5. Fina & The Corbett Pervs says:

    We want Zappala to win!!

  6. Senator Rutherford B. Cattywampus says:

    Hahaha…I am disgusted that I have to pick between these two. Or three, actually. Morganelli is no great option either.

  7. HaHaHa says:

    Regarding Zappala and his “burying” of a report critical of the white cop who shot Leon Ford (unarmed African American), this is the article that was quoted last week:

    [A]ccording to a previously withheld internal police memo [report], only released under threat of sanctions … “In its conclusion, (the report) says the incident could have been entirely avoided,” said Rabner [Ford’s attorney].

    Rabner said the 2012 memo from the police bureau’s critical incident review board criticized officer David Derbish’s [the officer that shot Ford] actions and said he violated multiple procedures. The review board is comprised of command staff and looks at incidents like the Ford arrest to see what lessons can be applied to improve future outcomes.

    The memo was part of discovery evidence only released by county prosecutors after Judge Machen threatened to dismiss the case. The memo could turn the case in Ford’s favor, Rabner said.

    Ford, 21, was shot multiple times by police during a November 2012 traffic stop after officers from Pittsburgh’s Zone 5 station misidentified him as a Lamont Ford, with whom they’d had previous contact …

    Saying he was satisfied at a July 1 hearing that everything had been turned over, Judge Machen declined to sanction the Assistant District Attorney for withholding evidence. Rabner said he was “disgusted” that he had to ask for sanctions to get a report [from Zappala’s DA’s Office] that was written a year ago.

    He said he would file another motion to have the charges dismissed in light of the new evidence … As a result of the shooting Ford was left paralyzed.

    Ford was then charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

    The Jury found Ford Not Guilty.

  8. Judge Z says:

    Tell us again how you care about the Black community Steve Zappala???
    History will show the truth!!

  9. HaHaHa says:

    Agreed, Senator. it is a shame. But I’d rather have an inexperienced guy than an experienced one with ethical issues.

  10. Senator Rutherford B. Cattywampus says:

    HaHaHa…..yeah. Too bad that we can’t compare Josh’s plea deals.

  11. HaHaHa says:

    Senator – Zappala will have no chance in Philly. There will be no “battle.” It will be Shapiro in a landslide.

    Even the white Judge didn’t like the way-too-generous plea deals Zappala gave white guys who attacked an A/A man and threw him on the train tracks:

  12. Senator Rutherford B. Cattywampus says:

    The Philly proxy battles continue.

  13. Marie says:

    Is it true that Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s newest Republican, will soon endorse Rafferty?

  14. Observant = Zappala Hack says:

    He kicked this off with a hack comment; and now he is whining about hack comments. Boo hoo!!

  15. Shapiro Hack Posting As Someone From Pittsburgh says:

    This is the greatest endorsement ever! I was undecided until I saw that <> endorsed Josh. Now my mind is made up. Josh is the best choice!

  16. Josh pal says:

    Little Gilll — an internet tough guy who would NEVER call anyone a “boy” to their face.

  17. Gilll says:

    Little Josh. A boy among men.

  18. PleaseMakeUsSafe says:

    Will he have the guts to lock the goon Johnny Doc up.

  19. Rollo thomassey says:

    He cancels the short list of Uncle Toms that the mob has purchased for Sonny Corleone’ campaign.

  20. Larry says:

    Clarke is the man in Philly. Trusted by all. Smart. Forward thinking. I now know who I will be voting for. I barely know who he is – but Shapiro has my vote.

  21. Observant says:

    a good ad by the Council President…it is a shame he is backing the least qualified candidate and the one that provides Dems the least chance of winning in November. I guess his endorsement of McGinty will be forthcoming as well.

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