The President is endorsing Josh Shapiro’s campaign.
“Josh Shapiro is a true progressive with a strong record of standing up for Pennsylvania families,” said President Obama. “As Attorney General he’ll fight to reform the criminal justice system to make it fairer for all and protect seniors and consumers. Josh Shapiro is a person with character and integrity and represents a new generation of progressive leadership. I’m proud to endorse Josh Shapiro for Attorney General.”
“Ever since we met in Pennsylvania a decade ago, I’ve admired Barack Obama and his thoughtful, courageous determination to bring about real change and advance the cause of justice,” Shapiro responded. “I am deeply honored to have earned a rare endorsement from the President. As Attorney General, I will carry on the fight to give a voice to the voiceless in Pennsylvania, bring about fairness in our justice system and continue to take on the status quo, just as President Obama has done throughout his career.”
Shapiro is a long-time Obama supporter, who campaigned for him in the 2008 primary battle against Hillary Clinton.
In an intriguing twist, Kathleen Kane’s 2012 victory over Patrick Murphy was partly the result of the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton. That support came because Kane campaigned for Clinton while Murphy backed Obama in 2008.
Shapiro is running against Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala and Northampton DA John Morganelli in the April 26th Democratic primary.