Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general turned U. senator, is on Democrats’ short list for the 2020 presidential race.
Shapiro’s brisk schedule, clashes with Trump, and courting of the media suggest a grand design.
Among them are two other young Democrats — and possible future rivals — State Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene De Pasquale.
Shapiro describes himself as progressive, but he isn’t a liberal rubber stamp.
Shapiro chafes at suggestions he plays it safe, saying he has taken a leading role in investigating Equifax for the credit-reporting agency’s data breach, and in suing the Trump administration over its initial travel ban.
“I want the office of the Pennsylvania attorney general to be seen as one of the premier AG offices in the country,” he said, adding that litigation was more effective with “broad coalitions.” Asked about his aspirations, Shapiro said he was focused on his current job.