Zappala Snags Endorsement From the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

Stephen-ZappalaThe Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is throwing their support behind Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s campaign for Attorney General.

Despite the fact that a majority of the union’s members are from Philadelphia, they chose the candidate from western PA.

“On behalf of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) it is with great pleasure that we endorse you for Pennsylvania Attorney General,” said NRCC Executive Secretary John Ballantyne. Your commitment to public service and to the labor movement has been long standing and we are proud to support you in your candidacy.”

“People who work for a living have known for the past 18 years that I will fight for their interests and stand up to corrupt politicians and corporations who don’t respect their rights and safety in the workplace,” Zappala responded. “I look forward to working with the Carpenters to build a better system of justice in Pennsylvania.”

Zappala is running against Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro and Northampton District Attorney John Morganelli in the Attorney General Democratic primary.

23 Responses

  1. The commenter below has lied with this statement – “Not only was EVERYTHING handed over but they then withdrew all charges against the kid.” Zappala ignored multiple Court Orders to turn over the Report critical of the Officers that stopped Leon Ford and critical of the Officer that shot Leon Ford. Zappala only handed over the Report when the Trial Judge threatened to toss the criminal case against Ford. The lawyers for Ford had to file Motion to Compel because Zappala was trying to bury the Report. The criminal case went to trial. Zappala’s Office lost the case. The Jury returned verdicts of Not Guilty. There was a hung jury on certain minor charges that Zappala decided not to re-try. But that was only after he tried to send Leon Ford, an innocent, unarmed kid who got paralyzed by the Police, to prison. And only after the Police lied and got caught in their lies. Zappala is worse than Rahm Emanuel in Chicago.

  2. Someone needs to fact check the post below. I have read repeatedly that Mr. Zappala has not tried a case (not one) since becoming D.A.

    Is that true? If so – then Shapiro’s courtroom experience is irrelevant. Rafferty tried cases when he was a prodecutor. And he has continued to do so since entering private practice.

  3. Hold on. Who is Greg? Is Steve related to the Greg Zappala that is involved with the “Kids for Cash” scandal? If so – is Steve, as D.A.,sending kids to his brother to imprison? And is Greg making money off those kids that Steve ships up to him? Please tell me no.

  4. 1. No. Greg was tricked by the lawyer who bribed the judges and is currently suing him for defamation of his name. He never profited a single cent from that debacle.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/07/18/Greg-Zappala-others-file-lawsuit-against-Kids-for-Cash-perpetrators/stories/201407180194

    2. Connor Stevens is in no way related to Mr. Zappala, he is not his godson. No family relation at all.

    3. Flatly false. Not only was EVERYTHING handed over but they then withdrew all charges against the kid.

    http://www.wtae.com/news/leon-ford-pushing-for-retrial-decision/29941466

    4. Your 4th question is just a trolling, and basically an absurd comment not a question. He isn’t supporting your candidate because he bore witness to his incompetence and immorality 1st hand in Montgomery county and wants nothing to do with someone like that (now thats a guess) I am not a mind reader.

    There. I answered each one of your questions. Now heres one for you. What is Josh Shapiro’s actual experience in a courtroom which would be necessary to be the top cop of PA?

    I know he is a career politician and can speak well and raise money. But other than that, what does he bring to a COURT ROOM?

    i know DA Zappala has 20 years of experience and over 300,000 indictments.

  5. FYI – NEPA Dem says the following on the other article: “You’ve got my vote DA Zappala.” Then, when he gets called out and asked direct questions, he says: “Godspeed to all 3 candidates.”

    Come on, man. Answer the man’s (or woman’s) questions!!

  6. Yeah!! OK … Nice try.

    You are clearly a shill working for Zappala. Now answer these questions. I looked on Wikipedia already …

    – is Zappala from the Zappala family that was involved in the “Cash for Kids” scandal? The one that destroyed the lives of countless children?

    – is Connor Stevens Mr. Zappala’s Godson? If so – when is he recusing himself from the murder case where Stevens is a suspect?

    – why did Zappala ignore Court Orders to turn over exculpatory evidence to the Pittsburgh kid the cops paralyzed?

    – why is Johnny Doc working behind the scenes for Mr. Zappala? Is Mr. Zappala trying to pretend he is not associated with the under-Federal-investigation labor leader? The one that attacked a non-Union worker and called him a “Spic”?

    Thank you. I look forward to your Prompt reply.

  7. Pa Voter: This has nothing to do with running for AG for the state of PA. At least he has experience. Whats Shapiro’s experience in a courtroom again? Oh yea; none. I forgot hes just gearing up to run for governor. He needs another notch on his belt. Lastly, great strategy making Mr. Dougherty an enemy to your campaign. If by some miracle your guy wins (whom you obviously work for; psychology 101) you may as well give the election to the R. Idiots. The people who do all of the ground work are those types. You are alienating them all. And no I do not work for Zappala. I have a brain, I know how to work Wikipedia. And I wouldn’t go naming names or leaking info on what Josh has done. I am a dem. I don’t destroy relationships with powerful people in the state who can deliver or deny you a win. I build upon them. Godspeed to all 3 candidates. May the most experienced man win aka DA Zappala.

  8. NEPA Dem – Since you are clearly a shill working for Zappala, perhaps you can answer these questions:

    – is Zappala from the Zappale family that was involved in the “Cash for Kids” scandal? The one that destroyed the lives of countless children?

    – is Connor Stevens Mr. Zappala’s Godson? If so – when is he recusing himself from the murder case where Stevens is a suspect?

    – why did Zappala ignore Court Orders to turn over exculpatory evidence to the Pittsburgh kid the cops paralyzed?

    – why is Johnny Doc working behind the scenes for Mr. Zappala? Is Mr. Zappala trying to pretend he is not associated with the under-Federal-investigation labor leader? The one that attacked a non-Union worker and called him a “Spic”?

    Thank you. I look forward to your Prompt reply.

  9. Shapiro has more skeletons in his closet then a cemetery has within their property lines. You people bring up “pay to play” Shapiro (born in Kansas City) goes to college in upstate NY. Right after graduation he goes to D.C and becomes an assistant to a U.S Senator. After which he works for several other U.S Senators/Reps. The guy is a career politician not a prosecutor. He leaves in 2002 when he graduated with his J.D, and moved to PA. DA Stephen Zappala is the only one with the proper experience to actually be Attorney General. It was funny watching the debate the other night (knowing Shapiro wants to run for governor) when being asked yes or no questions the candidates were asked “Are you planning on running for a higher office if you win?” Both of the DA’s said no. And Mr. Shapiro said “I don’t have plans to.” A career politician who never really practiced law running for the highest prosecutors position in the state? When people use office’s like this for stepping stones it drives me crazy. You’ve got my vote DA Zappala. You’ve handled over 300,000 indictments , took over 15,000 illegal guns off of the streets of Allegheny county, and you’re trying to do the right thing by using treatment not incarceration for the addicted non violent drug/alcohol addicted citizens (got all of this info from your website). Studies have shown this reduces the recidivism rate of people in the criminal justice system, which also leads to; we the people paying less to incarcerate people who can be productive members of society if they just get the help they need. It sure would be refreshing to see someone elected to do the job they dreamt of doing and then to actually make a difference in the state of PA. I know all of the blue collar people of NEPA also like you for your work ethic and outstanding record. And for the people above who are talking about you negatively.. they are scared and jealous. It is typical behavior.

  10. Agreed, Ha3. This guy is involved in too many scandals and cover-ups. The fact that he is Johnny Doc’s guy does not bode well either. The fact that he pretends to be “one of us” when he was born w silver spoon makes me sick. I hate men that lie.

  11. This guy’s family amongst those who profited on “Cash for Kids” fiasco?

    If so – there’s a good reason to vote for someone else right there!!

  12. Josh has the backing of the AFSCME Union.
    AFL-CIO deal= Listen Doc we cannot willnot put our union name on your boy. But we will just not endorse in the race. We will make it a tie vote. That’s the best deal I can give you. But we are voting for Josh. Sorry we just don’t like the Scumbag Zappala and his dirty lifestyle. We care about Kids. Kid’s should not be sold for cash for your “family”

  13. Not sure who these Northeast Carpenters are, but President Obama endorsed Shapiro, right?

  14. La la la la la … Just happened by here myself …. Little Stevie loves The Blacks. If you are on of them Blacks, you should vote for Little Stevie.

  15. I am just a regular voter who stumbled on to this site and I’m really a political novice, not a campaign worker paid to troll this site. These kinds of endorsements really mean nothing to me, unless they are endorsing Josh.

  16. There is simply no way that Mike, patrick and HaHaHa are the same person talking to himself.

    It just HAS to be a complete coincidence that their writing styles are identical to one another, as well as to those which have been used by HaHaHa, Pat Unger and countless other handles on this website ever since Kathleen Kane got herself into hot water last year.

  17. Good point, Mike.

    I am sure Zappala’s camp is not happy that Local 98/Johnny Doc spokesman Keen flew off the handle and fired off an angry e-mails to PpliticsPA.

    Now everyone knows — Zappala = Johnny Doc’s Guy

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