Larry Krasner, a known Civil Rights Attorney, recently beat a seven-way race in the Democratic Primary for District Attorney. While he and his fans celebrate, his fight’s not over yet. His next opponent is Republican Beth Grossman, who also seeks the office. However, his current polls show him as the current leader in Philadelphia’s race for the next District Attorney.
Talking on a stage spilling over with supporters in a courtyard even more jammed with fans, Larry Krasner told the cheering crowd he was not deterred by long odds.
“We were told it was political suicide to say, ‘I will never seek the death penalty,'” Krasner said. “Does that look like political suicide right now?”
He rode the flood of applause that followed.
Krasner, a long-time civil rights attorney, handily won the Democratic primary on Tuesday in a seven-way race to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney.
He did it with a kind of in-your-face progressive messaging that highlighted his outsider status and brought along the city’s black voters. He also fired up Democrats against President Trump’s national agenda.
His victory means an anti-establishment candidate who spent his career fighting against prosecutors will soon lead one of the busiest DA offices in the country.
Krasner now faces Republican Beth Grossman in the November general election, but given how Philadelphia Democrats command a 7-1 registration advantage, it would require a significant upset for Grossman to overcome Krasner.
He garnered 38 percent of Democratic ballots cast, about 58,000 votes. Candidate Joe Khan was the second best vote-getter, though he trailed far behind, receiving nearly half Krasner’s haul.
Compared to the last competitive race for DA in 2009, turnout among Democrats jumped nearly 50 percent, perhaps fueled by Krasner enthusiasm. Still, just about 19 percent of all registered Democrats in Philadelphia voted in the DA’s race.
At his victory party in Center City, Krasner told reporters he will demand shorter prison terms for convicted criminals.
“Where there is unnecessary incarceration, it necessarily destroys schools, and it destroys rehabilitation of people who have the medical condition of addiction. And it destroys individuals, families, and neighborhoods,” Krasner said.
With that progressive messaging, Krasner beat out five former prosecutors and a former judge. He was the only candidate with no government experience. And he pitched his outsider status as the hallmark of his candidacy.
“The core of this problem is the culture of the District Attorney’s Office. That’s the core of it,” Krasner said at a DA debate during the campaign.
In a typical race for DA, candidates advertise their tough-on-crime credentials and their proposals for improving public safety.
Krasner, however, took an unorthodox approach. He wants to end cash bail. He’s against the death penalty. He wants fewer people stopped and frisked. And he bragged about all the cops he’s sued over the years.
“I have filed 75 civil rights lawsuits in the last 25 years against police for corruption, and for physical abuse. I have pursued those cases vigorously, even though it’s not the most lucrative thing, and doesn’t make you especially popular,” Krasner said during the campaign.
It’s a message that spoke to C.R. Robinson of North Philadelphia, whose dad has been incarcerated for decades. He alleges there was prosecutorial misconduct in his case, and…