As Attorney General Josh Shapiro thanked a group of union workers who had gathered in Philadelphia to begin a day of striking, he gestured to Lt. Director John Fetterman, who was waiting at the foot of the stage.
“I want you to just roll your eyes here,” Shapiro said. “We have a senator from the 51st [Democratic] House! Should we send John Fetterman to Washington to represent the union lifestyle?
“Hell yes!” answered the audience.
When Fetterman spoke, he restored democratic love. “Josh Shapiro has Pennsylvania,” he said. “Send me to Washington, D.C.” The
Democratic candidates have mostly run their own races, but their even informal alliance stands in stark contrast to the frontrunners on the GOP ticket, state Sen. Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz. While Mastriano and Oz largely ignored each other, Shapiro and Fetterman made a handful of appearances together and introduced the other’s candidacy in speeches across the country.
Supporters of Fetterman and Shapiro’s sign as they wait for them to speak at Norris Square Park in Philadelphia.
Shapiro and Fetterman, who sit together on the five-member pardon board, have known each other for years and have occasionally clashed publicly. Saturday’s SEIU rally, 2 days until the election, was accommodated and posed for a few photos before speeches. The pollster asked whether a unified Democratic ticket could help turnout, but Shapiro said he wasn’t that focused.
“Obviously I’m focused on Doug Mastriano and how dangerous and extreme he is,” he said. “Obviously, it’s good to see John, and we both stand with working Pennsylvanians, with SEIU and other union members, and there’s no clearer contrast on this issue.”
With Shapiro currently leading his race by about 10 points, while the Senate race looks much tighter, Democrats are hoping the popular Shapiro can boost Fetterman.
“He has a ripple effect,” Philadelphia Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady said at the SEIU rally. “Oz and Mastriano, they embarrass each other… But people come out and vote, and I think Fetterman will be fine.” Shapiro is also heavily invested in black voter turnout, especially in Philadelphia, and that mobilization. might help Fetterman too.
Between mid-July and Election Day, the campaign will spend $1.2 million on digital ads targeting the black community and $1 million on direct mail. , which focuses on targeting black voters. It also ran commercials on Black Radio stations
Shapiro said that black voters cannot be considered.
“And therefore I show. That’s why we invest so much,” he told the Inquirer. “That’s why we have so much support in this community. They are important. They are important in campaigns and very important in governance. ”
Different Relationships on the GOP Ticket
On the Republican side, Oz and Mastriano ignore each other, even avoiding each other’s names in most interviews and public campaign events. Both appeared at a rally for former President Donald Trump in September, where Mastriano received an excited reaction from the crowd.how good for each other.