With Attorney General Kathleen Kane dominating the headlines, John Morganelli was able to quietly float the idea of a fourth run for the office.
The Northampton County District Attorney is the first Democrat to openly explore a campaign for Kane’s seat in 2016, though it remains to be seen whether Kane will last in office until the next election cycle.
“I am currently Pennsylvania’s most senior district attorney and served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association,” Morganelli told Steve Esack of the Morning Call. “No one – Democrat or Republican – has the breadth of my experience. So stay tuned.”
Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro and Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala have been touted as possible Democratic replacements for Kane, while GOP State Sen. John Rafferty has declared his candidacy for the seat. Republican State Rep. Todd Stephens is also exploring a run.
Morganelli decided not to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014 to focus on his responsibilities as Northampton County DA – a position he has held since 1992.