Shabbos-Touting Shapiro Wins Pennsylvania Governor Race

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Democratic candidate and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro convincingly won his gubernatorial race against retired army colonel and State Senator Doug Mastriano.

Shapiro is a Democrat who openly embraced his Jewish faith on the campaign trail and called his opponent out for his connections to antisemitic supporters.

Shapiro, who is currently the state’s attorney general, launched his campaign with ads that referenced his Shabbos observance and sends his children to Jewish day school.

Mastriano had been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism based on his association with the social media platform Gab, which allows anti-Semitic content. In mid-July, liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America reported that Mastriano’s campaign paid $5,000 to Gab, which was frequented by Tree of Life synagogue shooter Robert Bowers before he committed the massacre that killed 11 congregants and injured several others in the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba has said that his site exists to uphold free speech and the $5,000 it received from Mastriano’s campaign was for advertising.

Mastriano, who has stated that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump and was endorsed by Trump, called himself a Christian Nationalist. Throughout the race, he denied that he was anti-Semitic but called out Shapiro, an observant Jew, for not being observant enough.

Carol Kanterman, 76, of Pittsburgh, a retired saleswoman and a Republican, told JNS before the election that she does not trust Mastriano. Although she appreciated that he distanced himself from Gab and Torba, she thought his words were not strong enough.

She said, “I think he should have come out more strongly and said, ‘I gave the money, but now that I know what that site contains, I’m never giving to that site again. I’m not anti-Semitic and I want nothing to do with that site.’”

Andrea Chester, 72, a Democrat who lives in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which was the site of the Tree of Life massacre, also said she was voting for Shapiro.

“The vast majority of Jewish people here will vote for Shapiro,” said Chester, a writing instructor at Community College of Allegheny County who is active in supporting pro-Israel causes. “Hundreds of Jewish people in the area, including even Jewish conservatives, are wary of Mastriano.” JNS


  1. Pathetic to turn Gab int an anti-Semitic site & link a candidate to a shooter who uses Gab.
    Well, Biden advertised n Facebook & the Boston Marathon bomber used Facebook as well. They must be connected!

  2. I went to high school with him. It wasn’t a frum school. It was a left-wing secular school that had a strong “Jewish” flavor. They taught us to be proud of being Jewish but we didn’t understand what it meant. A few of us became frum, and most people were totally lost. It is interesting to see that he continued in the path of the school. I hope, even though he isn’t where the comments section on this website wants him to be, his pride in being Jewish will be helpful for him and for the Yidden in his state.


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