Shapiro’s Republican Pick For Secretary Of State
By Bob Small
In a case of seeming bipartisanship, Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro has chosen Republican Al Schmidt, a member of both the Philadelphia Election Board,and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to be Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State.
The Department of State runs elections.
Al Schmidt and former President Trump remain on opposite sides about the fairness of the 2020 election. Al Schmidt has received many threats to himself and his family, which should never happen.
Mr. Schmidt has held the minority party seat on the three-person Philadelphia Election Commission since 2011.
After the 2020 election, Trump pressured Schmidt to stop counting the absentee ballots, which Schmidt refused to do.
Most recently, Al Schmidt was the CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a long-standing Philadelphia fair election group.
Originally from Pittsburgh, he has a BS from Allegheny College and a PhD from Brandeis University.
He moved to Philly in 2005, when his wife was hired by a Philly law firm. He also worked as a policy analyst for the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets under the Clinton administration. He was once executive director of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee.
“He led an informal insurgent faction some called the ‘Loyal Opposition’, which pushed back against what he believed was ineffective Republican Party leadership at the city level.”
He recently received a Presidential Citizens Medal from President Biden relating to the events of Jan. 6, 2021.
A friend of minew ho’s a Delco conservative shared his perspective “Schmidt should have endeavored to redress grievances by investigating the evidence of election fraud, not dismissing or ignoring it.” My thought is that suspicions about election irregularities are not addressed by ignoring them.