Philadelphia Inquirer Endorses Josh Shapiro for Attorney General

The following is an excerpt from the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial endorsing Josh Shapiro for Attorney General, which was published on Sunday, October 9.

Shapiro instead favors beefing up the Gun Violence Task Force, expanding background checks, and cracking down on illegal sales at gun shows.

Shapiro has a number of other thoughtful policy proposals to reduce crime and protect average citizens. He wants to combat opioid addiction, protect senior citizens from financial scams, and prosecute fracking operations that break environmental laws.

The most impressive aspect of Shapiro’s candidacy is his thoughtful plan to repair the Attorney General’s Office after seeing Kane convicted of a crime. He wants to establish a new code of conduct for the department so it is crystal clear what behavior won’t be tolerated.

Shapiro also has detailed plans to crack down on public corruption, which include a gift ban for all public officials, increased funding for the state ethics commission, and stiffer penalties in corruption cases. Of course, all of these proposals are just talk if Shapiro does not follow through on them, but he has a track record of doing just that.

Shapiro, 43, became chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel when he was 26. He was elected to the state House at age 31, and served until he joined the Montgomery County Commission in 2012. One fear is that if elected attorney general, he will soon be eyeing a higher office. His name has been mentioned as a candidate for governor or Congress.

Pennsylvania needs an independent attorney general who will restore integrity to the office, protect average citizens, and won’t let politics get in the way of upholding the law. One candidate is better prepared to carry out that job. The Inquirer endorses JOSH SHAPIRO.