HARRISBURG, Pa. (ErieNewsNow) - After receiving the endorsements of nine Republican leaders last month, seven more former Pennsylvania GOP officials and lawmakers have announced their support for the Democratic nominee for Governor, Josh Shapiro.  

Included in this morning’s endorsement announcement by the Shapiro campaign, is that of a former Bush Administration official. 

“I dedicated my career in public service to upholding the rule of law and defending the Constitution. Right now, we all have a responsibility to support candidates of whichever party who will stand up and defend our democracy,” said former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. 

Chertoff, who succeeded Erie native Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland Security under former President George W. Bush, said he’s troubled by the Republican nominee for Governor, State Senator Doug Mastriano of Franklin County. “Although I am a long-standing Republican, I am deeply troubled by Doug Mastriano’s embrace of dangerous extremism,” Chertoff added. 

In total, the new Republican endorsements for Shapiro announced by the campaign today include Michael Chertoff, the second United States Secretary of Homeland Security; Mario Civera, a former State Representative and Chair of the Delaware County Council; David Heckler, Former District Attorney, State Senator, and State Representative (Bucks County); Raymond Bunt Jr., Former State Representative (Montgomery County); Jim Kelly, Former State Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Allegheny County); Beverly Mackereth, Former State Representative and Secretary of the PA Department of Public Welfare (York County); and J. Scot Chadwick, Former State Representative (Bradford County). 

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of these Republican leaders who are putting our Commonwealth ahead of partisan politics in order to come together and move Pennsylvania forward,” said Shapiro. “From cutting taxes and getting our economy moving again, to improving our schools and keeping our communities safe, I know we can work together to get things done for Pennsylvania. I have always worked to bring Republicans and Democrats together – and that’s exactly what I will continue to do in this campaign and as Governor,” Shapiro added. 

Sen. Mastriano received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump before the spring primary. Trump is expected to make a stop in northeast Pennsylvania this weekend to campaign for both Mastriano and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz. 

ErieNewsNow reached out to the Mastriano campaign Tuesday afternoon for a list of additional endorsements but has not received a reply.