Letter to the editor March 17

Letter to the editor March 17

Josh Shapiro: integrity, honor

I was pleased to read “Josh Shapiro Ready for Next Phase of Career” (Feb. 18), noting the story of the young and vigorous Democrat who is fighting to become the nominee to succeed our non-attorney Attorney General Kathleen Kane. I have long admired Josh Shapiro, and it has been gratifying to come to know him.

I have long followed state government with a passion and have come to know Josh as a decent, honorable, intelligent, knowledgeable member of the State House, where he served with distinction for seven years. He currently serves as chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, where, by all accounts, he has been a capable and innovative leader.

Although I was not a constituent of his, Josh was always responsive to me. I told him that I was sorry to miss his appearance at my synagogue several years ago, and he responded that he would like to meet me and that on his next visit, he would set aside time to do so.

Lo and behold, he did. In a subsequent visit to the area, he and his chief of staff, Lauren Lambrugo, spent the better part of an hour with me at the Omni William Penn Hotel to discuss state issues and my concerns. Both of them could not have been more cordial and gracious.

I believe Josh Shapiro can restore integrity and honor to an office that has brought disgrace to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all of its employees.

Oren Spiegler

Upper Saint Clair