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Shapiro: Democratic candidate announcement wrongly implies endorsement


PHOTO ABOVE: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks with members of the media during a press conference, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. An announcement from Rep. Brian Sims seeking the Democratic nomination for the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor this year drew a complaint Friday, April 15, 2022, and a sharp-tongued letter from Josh Shapiro, the party’s presumptive nominee for governor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


HARRISBURG, Pa. — An announcement from one of three people seeking the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor this year prompted a complaint on Friday and a sharp-tongued letter from the party’s presumptive nominee for governor.

The dispute pits Attorney General Josh Shapiro against state Rep. Brian Sims over Sims’ announcement which Shapiro’s campaign says erroneously implies that Shapiro endorsed The Sims.

Shapiro made the unusual decision earlier this year to endorse and run with state Rep. Austin Davis of Allegheny County, even though in Pennsylvania, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are not not matched in the primary ballot.

So when Shapiro’s camp noticed that “APPROVED JOSH SHAPIRO,” along with a ticked ribbon, appeared at the end of Sims’ new statewide commercial, the attorneys issued a restraining order. cease and desist.

“Not only does the ad mislead voters, it also misrepresents Attorney General Shapiro,” Courtney Weisman, Shapiro’s lawyer, argued in the letter sent Friday. She said Sims’ wording was designed to mislead Pennsylvanians.

The ad began airing on streaming services in Pennsylvania markets this week, Sims’ spokesperson said.

The Shapiro team had asked The Sims to support Shapiro before the campaign began, The Sims campaign said in a statement to The Associated Press. Shapiro is the only gubernatorial candidate in the Democratic primary this year.

“Rep. Sims was then proud to endorse Shapiro and continued to promote and endorse Shapiro for governor during the campaign trail,” the campaign statement read.

He said Shapiro’s campaign had included Sims’ endorsement in a public list of endorsements, but a spokesperson for Shapiro’s campaign said he was unaware of any public use of the endorsement. Sims approval.

Because they run separately in the primary but as a ticket in the fall, governors and lieutenant governors can essentially end up in a strained relationship. Some have worked together productively, but others have struggled.

The current governor, Democrat Tom Wolf, was elected along with former Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia in 2014. In the spring of 2016, Wolf responded to complaints about Stack’s treatment of state employees by stripping him of the state police protection and limiting cleaning, grounds maintenance. and maintenance by state employees at Stack’s official residence.

Stack’s office later said his wife had begun treatment for an undisclosed mental health condition, and Stack lost a multi-candidate primary in 2018 to current Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.

Along with Sims and Davis, the other Democrat seeking the job this year is Raymond Sosa, a financial planner who also ran in 2018.

Nine Republicans want their party’s nomination for lieutenant governor in the May 17 primary: John Brown, a former Northampton County executive-elect; Jeff Coleman, former state legislator and consultant; Teddy Daniels, former police officer and Army veteran; Carrie Lewis DelRosso, a freshman lawmaker from suburban Pittsburgh; Russ Diamond, a Lebanon County state legislator; Christopher Frye, Mayor of New Castle; James Jones, who runs an oil and petroleum products trading business; Rick Saccone, a former Pittsburgh-area state legislator; and Clarice Schillinger, a Bucks County political activist.