Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala formally announced today that he is running for Attorney General in 2016.
“I’m running for Attorney General of Pennsylvania because I have the experience, the record, and the passion to be the kind of lawyer the people of Pennsylvania can be proud of and want as their voice in the court of law,” Zappala stated at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel.
“Above all I’m running for Attorney General to restore voter confidence in an office I believe can best serve Pennsylvanians only when it is viewed with respect and trust.”
Accompanying the announcement were statements of encouragement from a number of Pennsylvania elected officials.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with District Attorney Zappala for the last 15 years, first as Council President and now as County Executive,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald wrote. “Steve’s commitment to public safety and criminal justice has played an important role in why our community has experienced so much positive growth. His candidacy for Attorney General will allow voters of other counties throughout our state to see the professionalism and capability that Steve Zappala has brought as Allegheny County’s chief law enforcement official.”
Perhaps most surprisingly, Philadelphia power broker and Congressman Bob Brady lent some kind words to the Pittsburgh native.
“Steve Zappalla comes from a great family tradition of highly respected lawyers in Pennsylvania. I’ve known him for many years,” Brady wrote. “Steve has done great work as Allegheny County’s District Attorney, and there is no question he is highly qualified to serve as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General.”
Brady’s statement is curious because Shapiro, a Montgomery County Commissioner, will need significant help from Philadelphia in order to win a statewide Democratic primary.