Shapiro Rules out Bids for Guv, PA-13, Launches Statewide PAC

Rep. Josh Shapiro
Josh Shapiro

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is a rising star in Pa. politics, but he won’t seek a promotion this cycle. He’s taken a pass on bids for Governor and Congress and instead announced the formation of a statewide PAC.

The initiative, named Keystone Reform, promises to “bring our brand of commonsense reform and pragmatic progress to other counties, cities and across the Commonwealth.”

Shapiro’s new group also plans on playing a role in future elections and to “spread the ethic of good government” through grassroots efforts through the organization.

“People throughout the Commonwealth have seen the progress we’ve made in Montgomery County and are hungry for the same approach to help reform both Harrisburg and Washington,” he said. “Our governing model is based upon an agenda of real reform, fiscal responsibility and cooperative governing that is delivering real results.”

Shapiro was often named as a potential candidate for Governor in 2014 and for Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s seat in Congress in PA-13. Though he took no steps toward a run for higher office in 2014, Shapiro also did not rule out either campaign until this week.

In addition to the lofty goal of boosting political pragmatists in the Democratic party, the PAC is a way for Shapiro to expand his brand, continue to raise money, and build political alliances.

If Gov. Tom Corbett is re-elected in 2014, Shapiro will be among the first in line for the Democratic nomination in 2018.

Shapiro lead the Democratic ticket to a commission majority after 150 years in the minority in Montgomery County in 2011. He previously represented the 153rd district in the PA State House.

5 Responses

  1. Who the Frig cares out this Guy The Press Follows him around like a Puppy Dog What Makes the Press Drewl over Shapp ? He is a Big Nothing in this World He has all of you People in the Press Fooled Hey Media Peeps Stop your Bromance with Shapp its embarrassing to you already

  2. Please be really honest and get some glasses and acknowledge a guy who has a really good record and an innovative honest approach, reaches out for consensus and gets it.

    Josh has been a rare type of political activist in this world and has exhibited a fine innovative method for leading us in the future.

  3. Right. How is a 40 year old county commissioner a rising star? And when is the last time a county commissioner got elected governor? Lt. Governor, sure, but usually you hold a major office before getting elected Governor.

    Why didn’t he run for Schwartz’s seat? He could have beaten Daylin Leach.

  4. People keep saying rising star. I just see a county commissioner and former state rep.

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