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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:36 PM

Schwartz mulling run for governor

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) is "seriously considering" a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014, her chief of staff, Rachel Magnuson, said late Friday in an interview.

Schwartz was all the talk Friday night at a meeting of state Democrats in Hershey after the news site Capitolwire quoted Marcel Groen, the veteran Montgomery County Democratic chairman and longtime Schwartz ally, as saying she was "80 percent of the way" to seeking the nomination to run against Republican Gov. Corbett next year.

Democrats are seeing Corbett as vulnerable in light of his low approval ratings in recent statewide polls. Though state Treasurer Rob McCord and of other Democrats have dropped hints about entering the race, the only one to toss his hat in the ring to date is John Hanger, the former state environmental secretary.

Schwartz, whose district includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, was first elected to Congress in 2004.


Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20130208_Schwartz_mulling_run_for_governor.html



I suspect many people here won't think that she's sufficiently liberal; if so, point out a more acceptable candidate who can be competitive in a State that elected Corbett and Toomey two years ago.

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Reply Schwartz mulling run for governor (Original post)
brooklynite Feb 2013 OP
longship Feb 2013 #1
Orrex Feb 2013 #2
PennsylvaniaMatt Feb 2013 #3
elleng Feb 2013 #4
BumRushDaShow Feb 2013 #7
elleng Feb 2013 #9
bucolic_frolic Feb 2013 #5
Jean Genie Feb 2013 #10
BumRushDaShow Feb 2013 #6
Doctor_J Feb 2013 #8

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:42 PM

1. May the Schwartz be with you !




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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:43 PM

2. We're getting close to the "Anyone But Corbett" threshold

Good luck to Rep. Schwartz, I say.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:56 PM

3. I think she would be a great candidate!

She is a powerful Democrat, and based on recent polling, she would have a really good chance of defeating Corbett.

I'm in west/central PA, and even in this area, I know Republicans that can't stand Corbett, especially what he has done with education funding. A recent poll found that his approval rating is only 26%. The same poll found his negative numbers higher than his positives, and that was JUST in Central PA alone.

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:53 AM

4. Sounds good to me (in Maryland!)

What can you tell us about her???

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:36 AM

7. My sister is in her district

Allyson is very politically savvy and worked her way up to that position having been a state Senator for 14 years before running for that Congressional seat when Hoeffel decided to run against Specter for the U.S. Senate seat back in '04 (and had to resign his House seat to do so).

She has managed to balance her DLC moniker with many many local grassroots appearances, and she does travel all around and appears at events here in Philly and the surrounding area - even in the districts of other Dem congressmen (most notably Brady in the 1st Congressional but also Fattah, since she used to represent parts of the 2nd Congressional when she was a State Senator). I would say she's sortof like an older version of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in terms of style and politicking, maybe not as energetic but certainly seasoned.


Her focus has been on health-related issues and she is pro-choice... and even headed up a Center run by Planned Parenthood back in the '70s.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:27 PM

9. Sounds better.

Thanks for the info.
ALMOST sorry my daughter's out of college, as I suspect her school was/is in her district.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:33 AM

5. She'll be a great candidate and a great governor

But to get elected in the reddest of blue states, she'll have to placate
business interests and the pro-business press the way Rendell did.
Once Rendell, then co-DNC chair, caved on Bush v. Gore, he had no
opposition to his path to the governorship.

Anyone who thinks they're going to win Pennsylvania on social issues
has another thing coming.

And Democrats who ran as anti-frackers got clobbered last fall.

Pennsylvanians care only about business and money, and they are
socially conservative. And the press is owned by business interests
that won't print a fair article when the elections on the line. Only the
big city TV news has any degree of liberalism.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:52 PM

10. So true!

Pennsylvania is the most conservative blue state of them all! If it weren't for Philadelphia area progressives, we'd be little more than the middle states' own version of Alabama!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:15 AM

6. I sensed she would either go for Governor or Senator

My sis is in her district and the past 5 or so years, she has increased her exposure, most notably, appearances on the political shows. I would have preferred that she take on teabagger Toomey but Cor-butt's seat is up (2014) before Toomey's (2016).

Thankfully her seat (13th Congressional) even after the redistricting, is pretty blue now. I remember the days when the 13th was solid red and Marjorie Margoles-Mezvinsky finally broke it. It eventually went purple with Joe Hoeffel (another who should consider running) and was finally blue with Allyson.

The only other who might be competitive and is known statewide, is Mark Singel (having been Lt. governor for 8 years under Casey, Sr. and had run against Ridge but lost when Ridge did a "Willie Horton"-like ad on Singel). Singel has tried multiple times to run for various offices (the last for Murtha's seat in 2010) and always deferred to whoever the party decided to support. He is pro-choice and was born in the Pennsyltucky area (Johnstown), so is known there too.

The last gubernatorial election, few over here in eastern PA knew anything about who the hell Dan Onorato was and he did little campaigning over here - an area that IS required by Dems who want to get elected in a statewide office. If Schwartz (who is DLC) was in the game, I expect like what happened with Kathleen Kane, the new Dem AG, folks like the Clintons would be here in a heartbeat to stump for her.

In any case, whoever runs, we need to get that rethug out of office NOW!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:37 AM

8. In her GE campaign, every sentence should contain

a noun, a verb, and Sandusky

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