Former US Attorney Bill McSwan announced his candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania at a press conference on the steps of the Chester County Courthouse on Monday.
Several dozen supporters attended the event, along with his wife Stephanie and their four children. McSwan has become the 8th Republican nominee to run for governor of Pennsylvania.
“I am a fighter, a fighter for conservative values that uplift people and enable our communities to thrive,” McSwain told the crowd.
“As governor, I promise to protect you from any threat to the federal government, including any attempt to enforce socialism or limit our freedoms.”
McSwan is a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, appointed by then-President Donald Trump. He was responsible for the public safety of the district’s approximately 6 million residents.
McSwain, who is also a former US Marines officer, describes himself as a tough-crime candidate who will do whatever is necessary to ensure a safer, freer and more prosperous Pennsylvania.
“I oppose the policies of the dangerous sanctuary city of Philadelphia. I jailed the rioters, robbers and arsonists who tried to destroy Philadelphia last summer,” he said.
“Those who set police cars on fire and threw Molotov cocktails in front of City Hall are not heroes; They are criminals to be prosecuted,” he said. “I jailed violent criminals and corrupt government officials.”
One of the speakers, Terry O’Connor, shared how McSwan came to her aid after her husband, a Philadelphia police officer Cpl. James O’Connor was shot and killed in the line of duty.
CPL on 13th March 2020. O’Connor, who was with a SWAT unit, was shot and killed as he entered a property while serving a murder warrant. Nine guns and large quantities of drugs were later found on the property.
Terry O’Connor told The Epoch Times that McSwan took her husband’s case out of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and pursued the death penalty against the murderers.
“so they [the killers] Not going anywhere now. There is no possibility of any backdoor deal, anything behind the scenes,” she said.
She was grateful for McSwain’s efforts which meant that her husband’s killer would never be allowed back on the streets.
“If you do something criminal, you should be locked up and put in jail. My husband’s killers should never have come out of jail. He had many affairs and was let go and released. And my husband is not here right now because of this,” she said.
McSwan insisted that he supports the police and upholds the rule of law.
“We will never cut police funding. We will stand up for the law abiding people in the community. And when it comes to public safety, our priority will be to protect people, not stop criminals,” he said.
McSwain also recognized police officer Bill Cahill standing in the crowd.
“There really is a hero in our midst,” he said, pointing to Cahill, who works for the Coatesville Police Department. About a week ago, during a police investigation, Cahill was stabbed multiple times by a suspect.
As governor, McSwan said his priorities would be to strengthen the economy, reduce crime, promote school choice and pro-family policies, and secure elections.
“We will make it easy to vote but make it difficult to cheat,” McSwain said. “Now, I know electoral fraud exists because I actually prosecuted him and convicted election officials in Philadelphia who filled the ballots while I was a US attorney.”
The former federal prosecutor said he would put the parents before teacher unions.
McSwain has reportedly asked President Trump for his support, but it is unclear when he will get it for the 2022 election.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf was re-elected in 2018 and is not allowed to run for re-election in 2022 due to term limits.
In a public statement released the same day McSwan announced his run, Wolf accused the Pennsylvania Republican of spreading election conspiracy theories.
“There was no irregularity, no conspiracy, and no fraud,” Wolf said.
In addition to McSwan, seven more Republicans have put their hands on the nomination for the Republican primary: former Congressman Lou Barletta, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, former Corey Mayor Jason Monn, American Conservative Union Vice President Charlie Gero, Pittsburgh Attorney Jason Ritchie, retired UPS safety and public affairs executive John Ventre, and cardiothoracic surgeon Nache Zama.
To date, no one from the Democratic Party has announced that he will run for governor, but state Attorney General Josh Shapiro has expressed interest in running for the position.
May Lin contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times