Does the man ever sleep? State Rep and Deputy Speaker of the House Josh Shapiro was everywhere in the press this past week, talking presidential politics.
Article #1, "Some state Dems still mum on candidate," by Kori Walter, Phillyburbs, 3/09. Excerpt:
State Rep. Josh Shapiro will keep busy during the next six weeks making campaign speeches and urging voters to show up at the polls for the April 22 primary election.
But he will not be doing all that campaign work for himself. He's running unopposed in the primary.
Shapiro's effort will be aimed at trying to help U.S. Sen. Barack Obama win Pennsylvania, which pundits have declared the last major battleground in an epic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Article #2, "Pennsylvania is a should-win state for Clinton," by Charles Mahtesian, The Politico 3/06. Excerpt:
“He’s gaining traction here,” said state Rep. Josh Shapiro, an Obama supporter from suburban Montgomery County. “The Democratic establishment is with Sen. Clinton but elections are won, particularly in southeast Pennsylvania, not by machine-style politics but by connecting directly with voters, which Sen. Obama does very well.”
Shapiro notes that the long period of time between the March 4 primaries and Pennsylvania’s April 22 contest — the longest extended stretch of time without any major primaries this year — affords Obama plenty of time to gain ground on Clinton.