May 13, 2022
George Bochetto has spent nearly five decades practicing law in Philadelphia.
Bochetto, 69, has taken on a number of high-profile cases throughout his law career, including representing the family of Daniel Faulkner, the Philadelphia police officer who was fatally shot while making a traffic stop in 1981. Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing Faulkner.
Last year, Bochetto won a case that prevented Philadelphia from removing the Christopher Columbus statue from Marconi Plaza. He has said Columbus is a hero to the Italian-American community, but supports adding new statues honoring Indigenous people.
He also helped write the defense brief in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.
Bochetto, who invested $1 million into his campaign, has said he's running to prevent the country from becoming overrun by the liberal "woke mob." He has run on a platform of public safety, fiscal responsibility and protections for personal freedoms.
Bochetto has expressed concerns over Philadelphia's climbing homicide rate and "exorbitant" spending proposals pushed by President Joe Biden. He's also a supporter of charter schools and school choice, and opposed to critical race theory being taught in schools.
Bochetto has said the U.S. should have an "America-first" mentality and suggested an expansion of technology manufacturing as a strategy to compete with China.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bochetto was left on the front steps of a Catholic orphanage, where he spent the first six years of his life before being cycled through the foster care system. He has said a childhood spent overcoming obstacles led him to a career in law and a steadfast belief in hard work and not accepting handouts.
At an April debate in Carslile, Cumberland County, Bochetto said he believes abortions are "too readily available," adding that he might have been aborted had Roe v. Wade been in place when he was born.
Bochetto moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University's law school in 1975. He served as Pennsylvania's boxing commissioner in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Bochetto also briefly ran for Philadelphia mayor in 1999.
In a campaign video, Bochetto took aim at pharmaceutical companies that paved the way for the overprescription of the painkillers that led to the opioid crisis. He said that led to a "generation of souls" lost to addiction.
Bochetto has said he would support an appeal to no-excuse mail-in voting and oppose unsupervised drop boxes. He also supports "reasonable" voter ID laws.
Bochetto has said the federal government should step in when local prosecutors have "abandoned" their communities by refusing to prosecute crimes.
He is endorsed by FOP Lodge 5 in Philadelphia, though the police union typically only issues endorsements for local and municipal races.