April 12, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz on Thursday said that all of her campaign contributions are reported so anybody can ask questions about who may be trying to influence her, but gubernatorial rival Tom Wolf's $4 million loan from M&T Bank is a different matter. There is no requirement for a candidate to report details of personal loans. Schwartz said the public should know because such a large obligation could constrain him as governor. "What's his relationship with that bank? Who is he indebted to?"
April 10, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, time to tune in. All four Dems running for guv now are running TV ads. They cost lots to make, more to air. They represent everything - the image, ideas and direction - candidates are selling. Every element of every ad is tested with focus groups. Everything you see, every word you hear has a purpose. By their ads ye shall know them. So since such ads in a state the size of Pennsylvania are critical to outcomes, let's take a look at what's airing now. Allyson Schwartz is up with a spot called "Got It Done.
April 9, 2014 |
For two decades, it has helped define Allyson Schwartz's political identity: She has billed herself as the "mother" of the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health coverage to children of the working poor. She has claimed to have "spearheaded" and "led the effort" to enact the program as a state senator. After joining Congress, Schwartz once called herself "the architect" of CHIP on the floor of the House. Now that she is running for governor, however, the Democrat has toned down her role in that 1992 bill, giving credit to others sometimes absent in past versions.
April 1, 2014
CASUAL observers could be confused by the Democratic race for governor. There's a cabinetmaker who's nice to workers, drives a Jeep, looks like a Midwest college professor and has tons of TV ads. There's a high-energy Irishwoman who was one of like 22 children and lived in a house without a bathroom. There's another guy who was so poor he never got meat so he went to Harvard. And there's the search for Allyson Schwartz. First, some numbers: four candidates, five dropped out, seven weeks to the May 20 primary.
February 25, 2014
WELCOME to the new Democratic race for governor. On the off chance that you haven't been riveted, here's why it's new: It just got more crowded. And two W's changed it. Let's take a look. Last week, a former Pittsburgh city councilman, a former two-time Pittsburgh mayoral candidate, a former state senator, a former two-time state auditor general, a former lieutenant-governor candidate and a former candidate for governor all jumped in. But don't be confused.
February 20, 2014 |
U.S. REP. Allyson Schwartz, one of seven candidates in the May 20 Democratic primary election for governor, quickly deleted a tweet and gave a political donation to charity after 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401 were indicted yesterday. Schwartz on Dec. 4 had tweeted: "I've always been proud to stand with the Ironworkers and am honored to have the endorsement of Local 401. " That tweet ran with a quote from Local 401 business manager Joseph Dougherty praising Schwartz "because she has consistently set out innovative solutions . . . that show she understands the needs of working families across the state.
February 13, 2014
ONE QUESTION Democrats running for governor must be asking these days is whether the Wolf is at the door. That would be Tom Wolf, big-bucks York County biz guy with more money than anyone else in the race and, right now, the only candidate on TV. He's been on the air everywhere but Erie for two weeks with multiple spots highlighting his profile and views. This could prove problematic for Dems polling ahead of Wolf, especially Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord. The longer Wolf runs alone, the better the chance his unknown status changes and pushes him toward or to the front of the pack.
February 11, 2014
HERSHEY - And now, a little winter's tale about Pennsylvania Democrats. The party of open arms, goodwill-to-all and defense of the downtrodden met over the weekend. This was at the Hotel Hershey, a AAA Four-Diamond, up-to-$400-a-night ($1,200 for a suite) self-described "world-class resort" with gourmet dining and spa. Just sayin'. The highlight was a foulmouthed conflict between two big-dog Dems apparently intent on countering Hershey's assertion that it's "the sweetest place on Earth.
February 7, 2014 |
THE COMMON political theory: Gov. Corbett and his Republican allies are pulling for U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to win the Democratic nomination to face him in the Nov. 4 general election. The thinking: Corbett stands a good chance to defeat Schwartz, so the Republicans mostly ignore the six other Democrats in the May 20 primary election. The problem: That led the Republican Governors Association, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to paint itself into an odd political corner yesterday.
January 28, 2014
FRONT-RUNNERS sometimes have it rough. Expectations are high, scrutiny intense. So it is with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the multicandidate contest for the Democratic nod for governor. As January slides into February, moving us closer to the May primary, Schwartz must be eager to see this month in her rearview mirror. Even with the caveat that mirrored objects may seem larger than they are, Schwartz isn't having a great start to election year 2014. Yes, she still leads in aggregate polling.