This year, Shapiro and his new colleague Val Arkoosh are running for re-election and the Montco pol is pulling in some serious cash.
Sources confirm to PoliticsPA that last week Shapiro raised over $500,000 in a single night of fundraising.
The Board of Commissioners Chairman already accumulated $1.04 million in 2014, according to year-end financial reports.
The significance of this haul, though, extends beyond this year. Montco is a fairly Democratic county and Shapiro is expected to win re-election easily.
Instead, the big question is what (if anything) will Shapiro do in 2016?
For awhile, it appeared he would challenge Joe Sestak for the 2016 Senate nomination but his interest appears to have cooled. As a result, party leaders have reached out to other Democrats to challenge Sestak, while some even seemed to volunteer.
Increasingly, though, the chatter has shifted to the 2016 Democratic primary for Attorney General. With Kathleen Kane’s political career in flux, that could be an attractive position. It would also be much easier to use his money in a state race like Attorney General rather than a federal Senate race.
Of course, no one knows at this time how strong or vulnerable Kane and Sestak will be in the future. With his warchest, however, Josh Shapiro has the luxury of waiting to see how things play out and the resources to take advantage of any opening.