‘Commonwealth before party’: Why some Republicans are endorsing Shapiro for Pa. governor
As Michael Chertoff was coming of age in the 1960s in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he found himself growing to respect what he saw as the conservative philosophy: rule of law, freedom, reasonable but not overbearing regulation.[…]
Chertoff’s decision to endorse Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, over Republican Doug Mastriano, for governor may seem odd, both because of a career that has landed him in some of the Republican party’s highest circles and because he isn’t a Pennsylvania resident or native.[…]
Jim Greenwood, who served six terms in the U.S. House from Bucks County, said he has been a Republican all his life. He was recruited to run for Congress by Newt Gingrich in 1992 and voted for every Republican presidential candidate until Donald Trump.
Greenwood cited Mastriano’s “extremist” positions like banning nearly all abortions and denying the science of climate change as reasons why he can’t support him.[…]
Not all of Shapiro’s Republican supporters said they are thinking specifically about the danger to democracy posed by Mastriano’s candidacy. Dave Steil and Beverly Mackereth, former state representatives from Bucks and York counties, respectively, specifically cited Shapiro’s commitment to bipartisanship.