Republican Candidate for Attorney General Joe Peters Backs Josh Shapiro

Joe Peters, who ran for Attorney General in the Republican primary, crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Josh Shapiro. In his announcement, the former Scranton police officer, federal mafia and top state drug prosecutor, and senior official in the White House Drug Czar’s office under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, cited Shapiro’s integrity, pragmatic experience, and broad support from law enforcement and fellow Republicans.

“It was an honor running for Attorney General and earning 464,491 votes in the primary from fellow Republicans who wanted a fearless, independent Attorney General who wasn’t afraid of taking on entrenched interests in Harrisburg and across our Commonwealth. I care deeply about this office, and after the primary, I took time to study both candidates. I believe Josh Shapiro will surround himself with the best advice from police and prosecutors, and place the safety of all Pennsylvanians as his top priority,” said Joe Peters.

“I’ve seen it all – from being a beat cop in Scranton to serving as Pennsylvania’s top drug prosecutor and convicting the mob in Philadelphia – and I know our next Attorney General must be innovative, possess broad legal knowledge and have executive experience, which is why I’m voting for Josh Shapiro,” added Peters.

“Josh has made tough, bipartisan calls as Chairman of Montgomery County and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and he’s done it ethically and by putting pragmatic results ahead of party. Josh thinks for himself, and has taken common-sense steps to address tough issues from drug use to our broken immigration system. I have served Presidents and Pennsylvania Attorneys General from both parties, and believe the Attorney General’s office shouldn’t be a partisan place. This endorsement isn’t to make a negative comment on Josh’s opponent, rather it’s about Josh’s leadership, integrity and how I agree with the substantive agenda Josh has laid out, from fighting terrorism to supporting our police and taking on the heroin epidemic,” added Peters.

“Joe and I shared a stage many times this spring and I got to know and truly respect him for his independent mind and career of service protecting the people of our Commonwealth and our country. It’s an honor to have his support, especially at a time when our next Attorney General needs to be like Joe – independent and fearless in protecting the people of Pennsylvania,” said Shapiro. “We need more independent thinkers like Joe Peters in politics today and I’m humbled Joe crossed party lines to support my campaign to put the safety of Pennsylvanians first,” added Shapiro.

Joe Peters joins a broad, bipartisan coalition of law enforcement officials backing Shapiro, including the largest local F.O.P. Lodge in Pennsylvania and Jim Martin, the Republican District Attorney of Lehigh County. The general election is November 8th.


About Joe Peters

Joe Peters rose from street cop to serving Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as a leader in the efforts to combat drug trafficking and battle international terrorism. Joe oversaw the country’s 26 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs and their budget of $250 million, and he represented the White House with police, prosecutors, governors, mayors and non-governmental organizations.

As a Federal Prosecutor, Joe’s accomplishments include the convictions of Philadelphia Mob Boss “Little Nicky” Scarfo, his underboss, and 16 mob soldiers in a 3-month trial that resulted in one of the most significant Mafia family convictions in U.S. history. As a result, he received the U.S. Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award. The Associated Press called Joe and his fellow prosecutors the “Modern Day Untouchables.”

Joe has presented to law enforcement officials from around the world, and has trained military and civilian personnel in Panama and consulted with law enforcement in Israel, Italy, the UK, Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar.

A native of Lackawanna County, Joe has devoted his career to public service, and served for more than 15 years in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, rising from an intern to become the state’s top drug prosecutor, when he was named the first Head of the OAG’s Drug and Organized Crime Division‎. In the White House he served as Assistant Deputy Director for State & Local Affairs in the Drug Czar’s office.

Joe graduated from King’s College and later the Dickinson School of Law. He is a member of the E. B. Jermyn Lodge #2 Fraternal Order of Police and has been honored by the PA Chiefs of Police Association by being named a Life Member. He is an associate member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he sits on its Terrorism Committee. Joe is a life member of the NRA.

Joe is the oldest of five children of Gene and Peg Peters and is the proud father of his son Max; his father served two-terms as a GOP Mayor of Scranton. In 2004 Joe was the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania Auditor General.