Josh Shapiro, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, spent Monday morning greeting voters at area train stations.
Like Tevye, only without the fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out his simple tune, Josh Shapiro ends every campaign the same way.
Somewhere around 6:45 p.m. Monday, the Democratic frontrunner to succeed Kathleen Kane as Pennsylvania’s attorney general, will complete a hectic day by returning to the place he calls his good-luck charm: the Plaza Apartments in Jenkintown.
“It’s primarily Jewish seniors,” said Shapiro, who spent the early morning greeting commuters on their way to work at the Jenkintown and Glenside train stations. “That’s always my last stop at the end of the campaign.
“We’re gonna win tomorrow. We’ve campaigned really hard across the state and gotten a strong response everywhere we go. The key is making sure everyone gets out to vote. If they do, I think we’re gonna do quite well.”
Joining him on the handshaking and picture-taking trail Monday morning leading up to Tuesday’s primary was Sen. Bob Casey, who said Shapiro is exactly what the state needs to fix a broken system.
“What Josh can bring that nobody else can to this office is reform — and that’s central,” said Casey, who’s also supporting Katie McGinty for senator. “I’ve known him more than a decade and he brings integrity and performance.
“He’s done great work as a public official, and he has very strong character. That’s important in public service. You can’t simply be competent. You have to be honest, and he is.”
The respect is mutual.
“I couldn’t be more honored to be out here with Sen. Casey today,” said Shapiro, who was at Jenkintown by 7 a.m., then spent more than an hour mingling with prospective voters in Glenside, before heading west to York, Lancaster and Harrisburg. “He’s got a lot of demands on his time and places he could be. Instead he chose to be here in Glenside.
“He’s one of the most honorable people I know in politics and in life — someone I’ve been friends with for more than a decade. I talk to him before I make any major decisions, and he always gives good advice.”
Thanks, in part, to Casey’s influence and a massive TV blitz, Shapiro’s name has become better recognized statewide.
That likely accounts for his sizeable lead in an independent poll released Monday morning, showing him with 41 percent of voters, followed by Steve Zappala at 23 percent and John Morganelli at 16 percent.
“I thought there would be more differences in what people would talk to me about and express concern,” said Shapiro when asked if anything’s surprised him about the campaign. “In reality, they’re all very similar.
“Whether I’m in Warren County or Northeast Philadelphia, people have basically the same concerns: good schools, safe communities and honorable government. I just go out and talk about the issues that matter most.”
In 24 hours, after first following tradition and stopping at the Plaza on his way home, he’ll know if his good-luck charm has come through yet again.
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