Gov. Corbett’s campaign singled out Democrat Allyson Schwartz in an email blasted to supporters Friday on the occasion of the Obama administrations rollout of carbon-emissions regulations that Republicans call a “war on coal” because they likely will limit coal-fired power plants.
Per the email, the Corbett strategists seem to regard Schwartz, a U.S. House member from Montgomery County, as their chief opposition at this point – and/or they think she will scare the GOP base more than other Democrats running.
“Our leading opponent, liberal Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, a close ally of President Obama, recently proposed a massive tax increase on natural gas,” the email says. “And earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party followed through on their threats to eliminate jobs by introducing legislation to shut down natural gas.
Will you stand with Governor Tom Corbett and sign our petition to stand up for Pennsylvania's energy jobs?”
Schwartz has proposed a 5 percent extraction tax on natural gas drilling, with the money it generates to be used for funding education and transportation. Corbett has held the line against any volume tax on gas, saying it would drive the industry away.