Scranton Times-Tribune and NEPA Newspapers Endorse Josh Shapiro
On Thursday, October 27 the Scranton Times-Tribune, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice and Hazleton Standard-Speaker published their endorsement of Josh Shapiro for Attorney General. The following is an excerpt.
Mr. Shapiro would be far more likely than Mr. Rafferty to address major state issues outside the realm of criminal prosecution alone — consumer protection, anti-trust advocacy relative to huge health insurance and hospital mergers, fair housing, environmental protection and so on.
About 40 percent of state attorneys general nationwide had not been prosecutors. And the office requires the sort of executive experience that Mr. Shapiro has managing Pennsylvania’s third-largest county, which has a workforce of about 3,000, more than three times more than the attorney general’s office.
Both candidates can be relied upon to restore a calm focus on business in the wake of the tumultuous Kathleen G. Kane era and to help fight the opioid epidemic.
But Mr. Shapiro is more likely to instill a vision making the office an instrument of progress for the commonwealth. He has the potential to become not simply the next attorney general, but the most innovative attorney general.