Everytown Gun Safety Group Launches $ 200,000 Erie Co. Sheriff Race | Friday morning coffee
Good Friday, Dear Researchers.
When you think of the high-stakes political campaigns in Pennsylvania, your thoughts usually don’t turn to the county sheriff’s contests.
Of course, there are exceptions, and some offices are overwhelmed by the scandal (Yes, it’s you Philadelphia).
In general, however, most voters would have a hard time naming their county sheriff, let alone explaining their role in Pennsylvania’s overcrowded law enforcement cosmos (The answer to the latter, by the way, is primarily to serve warrants and provide security in county courtrooms. They are not frontline police officers, as they are in many other jurisdictions.)
This apparent darkness turned out not to deter Everytown for gun safety, the anti-armed violence group founded by the former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
This week, the group is launching a $ 200,000 campaign for the open seat in the Erie County sheriff race. It’s part of a larger effort targeting sheriff competitions nationwide, and yet another reminder that local races are increasingly seen through a national lens.
Erie’s race pits Democrats Chris Campanelli, a 25 year veteran deputy sheriff, whose views on gun issues match those from each city, the organization said – although there appears to be little documentary evidence to support this claim.
He confronts the Republicans Brian Shank, a former prison warden and current member of the Erie County Council.
The winner replaces the current one Sheriff John Loomis, a Democrat, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term, GoErie reported. Which seems to indicate that the expenses here are less Campanelli, more about Shank, and everything about holding the seat.
In a statement, a spokesperson said Every city “will make sure voters know which sheriff candidates are on the gun safety side – and which are determined to take justice into their own hands for their own ‘guns everywhere’ agenda.”
The declaration of John Feinblatt of Everytown take Shank on duty for a 2013 incident in which he was cited for illegally carrying a firearm in public, noting that the stakes for the law enforcement position “could not be clearer.”
In June 2013, before entering politics, Shank was one of eight people named for carrying a gun around town Perry Square at a rally for gun rights, GoErie reported. In 2014, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court overturned the ordinance and the city dropped the charges, the news agency reported.
And in 2014, before his retirement as a guardian, Shank faces misconduct charges which included hitting inmates on the buttocks with a ruler and discussing bacon in front of a Muslim inmate, GoErie reported.
Shank denied more serious charges which included kissing an inmate in an office and touching the breasts of another inmate during a pat-down search. The Correctional service could not substantiate the allegations, the news agency reported.
“We all have things in our past where we haven’t made great judgment calls in our lives,” Shank Recount GoErie in a previous interview about the incident. “And, you know, we move forward, we learn from them.”
The Every city campaign, which includes digital ads and one direct mail component, describe Shank as “unfit to serve”.
By law, candidates and their campaigns are prohibited from directly coordinating with third-party advocacy groups such as Every city.
But the Erie contest blitz represents the opening of a new front in the campaign wars which saw spending on local campaigns is increasingly linked national issues.
These once obscure top-down ballot races, which serve as power offices for state and national offices, have attracted increased attention as Democrats and Republicans vie for power.
republican consultant Chris Nicolas, of Harrisburg, told the Capital-Star the independent spending group is likely to use the NWPA competition as a chance to test themes for the 2022 mid-term of All Marbles.
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