A group of nine Republicans from across the Commonwealth broke ranks today and offered their endorsement of Josh Shapiro for governor of Pennsylvania.
The current and former Republican leaders include:
- Charlie Dent, Former Congressman, Lehigh County
- Jim Greenwood, Former Congressman, Bucks County
- Sandra Schultz Newman, Former Justice of the PA Supreme Court, Montgomery County
- Denny O’Brien, Former Speaker of the House, Philadelphia County
- Dave Steil, Former PA State Representative, Bucks County
- Lita Cohen, Former PA State Representative, Montgomery County
- Robert Jubelirer, Former Lieutenant Governor, Blair County
- Morgan Boyd, Chairman, Lawrence County Board of Commissioners, Lawrence County
- Ken Davis, Former Montgomery County GOP Chair, Montgomery County
It is a continued sign of discord amongst the Republican establishment that fought against the nomination of eventual winner Doug Mastriano. The state senator from Franklin County earned the nod by securing 44 percent of the GOP vote in May.
“I’ve been a Republican my entire life, and I have always supported Pennsylvania’s Republican Governors – but in this election, I am proud to endorse Josh Shapiro,” said Dent. “Josh has integrity and always works to bring people together. We may not always agree on every policy position, but that is to be expected. His focus on improving our economy, strengthening our schools, and keeping our communities safe is what Pennsylvania needs now.”
“As the first female Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, I know the stakes of this Governor’s race and I know Josh Shapiro is someone we can trust to bring people together to solve the problems facing our Commonwealth,” said Schultz Newman. “Doug Mastriano is the exact opposite. He is extreme, he is divisive, and his priorities are completely wrong.”
“I’ve known and served with Josh for many years, and I know that he will always put Pennsylvania first and do what’s right,” said O’Brien.
“I have proudly voted for the Republican candidate for Governor throughout my life, but I cannot vote for someone as extreme and dangerous as Doug Mastriano,” added Greenwood.