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Philly Inquirer Endorses Josh Shapiro For Governor

Josh Shapiro

The editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer made its first endorsement call of the 2022 general election season – Josh Shapiro for governor.

The board selected the Democratic Attorney General of Pennsylvania as its choice for the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg over Republican state senator Doug Mastriano.

“In the history of political endorsements for statewide office in Pennsylvania, it’s hard to remember when there has ever been a more straightforward choice than in the 2022 race for governor.

That is not just because Josh Shapiro is an experienced and highly qualified candidate with a track record of taking on powerful interests and working across the aisle. That is largely because Doug Mastriano, his Republican opponent, is so utterly unfit for public office.

Shapiro served as a state representative for seven years where he brokered a bipartisan agreement to make Republican Dennis O’Brien the speaker of the House. In 2011, Shapiro was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, winning bipartisan support in what was then a largely Republican county. In 2016, Shapiro was elected state attorney general, where he cleaned up the scandal-plagued office of Kathleen Kane.

Shapiro is on the right side of history on big issues, including education funding and gun safety. Most important, as governor, Shapiro would serve as a firewall to stop the unraveling of voting and abortion rights in Pennsylvania.”

The editorial board did not mince words regarding Mastriano, writing “there are several editorials’ worth of arguments to be made against voting for Mastriano, but there is one reason he is not qualified to hold public office: He participated in a coup attempt.”

Prior to each election, The Inquirer’s Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom, identifies the races where an endorsement can help readers understand where candidates stand on issues and why they think voters should support (or oppose) a particular candidate.

The newspaper backed outgoing term-limited governor Tom Wolf over Scott Wagner in 2018, but did not endorse either Wolf or former GOP governor Tom Corbett in 2014.

The Inquirer will announce its endorsement, if any, for U.S. Senator on Sunday, Oct. 16.


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