Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Attorney General Josh Shapiro and state representative Austin Davis stopped at the Williamsport Democratic Young Men’s Club on May 7 to secure a “united” democratic ticket to the November general election.
One of the main topics of the rally was to push Davis, who is running against his fellow MP Brian Sims and banker Ray Sos, as Shapiro’s chosen candidate for the post of lieutenant governor. Shapiro does not face the main opponent.
“Send a ticket forward that is united, ready to fight, ready to win here in Pennsylvania,” Davis said.
Shapiro said the crowd had to “vote twice, once for Josh and the second time for Austin.”
“Having Austin Davis with me as a lieutenant governor will help us not only win the election, but also manage it effectively,” Shapiro said.
«[Pennsylvania is] zero to fight for our democracy and to fight to protect women’s right to choose, ”Davis said.
“We can no longer take it for granted that someone in the District of Columbia – the president, the court, the Congress – will defend a woman’s right to choose.”
Shapiro then said he would veto any bill that would ban or restrict abortion.
“My opponent, they will sign the law,” Shapiro said. “I invite all of you to be there if I veto this bill.”
Shapiro also spoke about the importance of protecting suffrage and access.
Shapiro said that as Attorney General he had won 43 lawsuits from the Trump administration in support of the 2020 presidential election, but the Republican Party did not stop at the 2020 election. They then passed increasingly restrictive voting laws in states such as Georgia and Texas.
“Here in Pennsylvania [those bills] did not become law because we had a governor who vetoed them, ”Shapiro said,“ we should never lose that veto.
Shapiro said that the “extremists” in the legislature forced to ensure the inspection of the legislature.
“I don’t think they’re wildly because of where most Pennsylvania residents are,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro said he and Davis would “always defend your right to vote.”
Shapiro and Davis then moved on to the need to restore a bipartisan consensus in the state after the issue from the hall.
“We must all stand for the idea of defending our freedoms and democracy,” Shapiro said. “We must deal with more concrete facts, not conspiracy theories.”
Shapiro said he needed a lieutenant-governor who “is respected by both sides” and “will not drop bombs.”
Davis said he was the only member of the minority party in the General Assembly to pass bills from the committee and take them to the field.
“There’s a lot to find out where we can compromise,” Davis said.
Davis said the problem is with the culture in Harrisburg, which focuses on “sound inset” rather than on achieving results.
Shapiro said that he always knew how to find ways to work with those with whom he disagreed, and that when elected to office “you should try to find common ground with people.”
Shapiro also said he was seeking to increase police funding. He said Pennsylvania currently lacks 1,229 municipal police officers and another “hundreds” of state servicemen.
“We need to improve the training of police officers so that they learn to do their job in such a way that they do not conflict with society, but are in touch with society,” Shapiro said.