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David Fawcett Launches Campaign for Attorney General

FawcettThe 2016 Democratic Attorney General primary field has just gotten more crowded.

According to Chris Potter of the Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh attorney David Fawcett is running for Attorney General next year.

“The office of Attorney General is, unfortunately, dysfunctional,” Fawcett said. “It needs energy so it can do its job, which is to protect Pennsylvanians — especially the vulnerable. I’m running to provide the kind of leadership needed to reinvigorate the office and return integrity to it.”

Fawcett’s only political experience was serving on the Allegheny County Council from 2000 to 2007. Back then, though, Fawcett was a Republican occupying the GOP’s “at-large” council seat.

Prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer and Northampton County DA John Morganelli are already running for the Democratic nomination while Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is also expected to enter the race.

Meanwhile, State Sen. John Rafferty and State Rep. Todd Stephens are competing for the Republican nomination.

14 Responses

  1. gulag, you’re just mad that you can’t beg for money on this site. But you’re a kooky failed lawyer, so you fit right in here.

  2. The cowardly troll, fake gulag, is at it again.
    This site b\is becoming a joke and letting its credibility be destroyed. When do the moderators get a pair and institute some controls to weed out the fake posts?

  3. If David Fawcett is the son of June Fawcett, who worked at ACBA, he would get my vote on that basis alone.

  4. The only qualification he needs will be Allegheny County under his name. West votes west. Period. Look how badly they screwed Kevin Dougherty in the primary and Dter they took his money. I’m betting John Dougherty won’t soon forget that The Fitzgerald crowd screwed his brother while Zappala stepped up big time.

  5. Nick Smyth, there is a big difference between being a big-firm litigator and being a “trial lawyer.” ADAs like Todd Stephens are trial lawyers; they live in the courtroom. It is silly to suggest that Fawcett has more trial experience than Stephens or any other DA.

    But, most people don’t realize that the AG’s Office is at least 75% civil litigation. Fawcett could be an excellent activist AG like the one in New York, using the power of the state to go after polluters and scammers. That’s what should be emphasized, not a single interesting case or his alleged “courtroom experience.”

  6. The book about Dave’s case is called The Price of Justice by Laurence Leamer. It also inspired a John Grisham novel, The Appeal. It’s a fascinating story. The CEO of Massey Energy whom Dave sued, Don Blankenship, is currently being tried on “three felony counts that he led a conspiracy to violate safety laws at the coal company and then lied to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and to investors by saying the company didn’t condone such violations.” The jury is literally deliberating as we speak; he faces 30 years in Federal prison. Dave fought this guy and his company for 10 years all the way to the Supreme Court. He’s got way more courtroom experience than any of his opponents, and that’s what the AG’s office needs: not a career politician, but a serious lawyer to bring wrongdoers to justice on behalf of the citizens of PA.

  7. Is Shapiro expected to join? He’s said a few times his goals remain in Montco for the time being. Plus, if he passed on the Senate race earlier this year, why would he go for AG?

  8. David Fawcett will be a serious candidate for AG. I like him better than all the other D’s that have announced and I include the current AG. I don’t mind that he was once a republican. He’s fought for environmental issues throughout his career and he took a case all the way up to the US Supreme Court, Caperton v Massey. Read about that case and you will come away impressed with David Fawcett. I wish him good luck.

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