By Jackson Kincaid
Pennsylvania Governor-Elect and sitting Attorney General, Democrat Josh Shapiro, announced that his office arrested a former political consultant and Democratic political operative on charges related to the forging of thousands of Democratic primary ballots for the Philadelphia city elections in 2019.
As PA Attorney General, Shapiro announced authorities have arrested Rasheen Crews and charged him with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Forgery and Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition for duplicating signatures on nomination petitions to ensure his clients were on the ballot.
Prior to this event, Shapiro often criticized his gubernatorial opponent for his endorsement from former President Donald Trump and for casting doubts about the 2020 Presidential Election results.
However, according to an arrest affidavit, Shapiro’s office opened an investigation into the allegations against Crews in September 2019. The investigation found that the campaign consultant hired multiple candidates to help with the petition work by writing in enough names, addresses, and forging signatures on nomination petitions in a hotel room. Crews would then allegedly have the petitions notarized and filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
“In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime. By soliciting and organizing the wide scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election.” – Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General and Governor-Elect