Brady backs Schwartz for governor

Pennsylvania U.S. Rep Bob Brady (D) is endorsing fellow U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz Thursday for the Democratic nomination for governor, a source close to the Schwartz campaign said.

“I have gotten the opportunity to work with Allyson for almost ten years in Washington,” Brady, who also is chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic Committee, said in a statement prepared for the announcement.

“There is no one who is more effective at fighting for Pennsylvania families,” Brady said. “As governor, she will bring that record of accomplishment and effective leadership to our Commonwealth. Allyson is smart, tough and principled. I am proud to strongly support her.”

Schwartz welcomed the endorsement, praising Brady’s record of “standing up for our city’s working men and women time and time again” and for his work on voting rights issues as ranking Democrat on the House Administration Committee.

Schwartz, who represents the 13th District that is split between Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, has received the endorsements of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, United Mine Workers of America, United Steel Workers Local 10-1, Boilermakers Local 19 and Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals.