It’s Official: Josh Shapiro Is Running for Attorney General

Montco Democrat had long been expected to challenge for Kathleen Kane's job.

Josh Shapiro, courtesy his Flickr feed.

Josh Shapiro, courtesy his Flickr feed.

As expected, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro will run for attorney general.

The news — via the AP’s Mark Levy — sets up Shapiro, a Democrat, to mount an intra-party challenge to Kathleen Kane. Despite her legal troubles, the current attorney general has vowed to run for re-election.

Shapiro has long been seen as an up-and-comer. The Democratic Party establishment, in fact, wooed him furiously to make a run for Pat Toomey’s Senate seat before turning to Katie McGinty as its standard-bearer in the primaries against Joe Sestak and John Fetterman.

When Shapiro didn’t choose to run for Senate, though, it had been thought he was preparing a run for Kane’s office.

AP reports he’ll make a formal announcement on Tuesday. PoliticsPA reports that other Dems in the race include Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala, Northampton DA John Morganelli, prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer and attorney Dave Fawcett.