Thursday, April 24, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:58 AM

Democrats in tight races in purple and red states are running away from President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, but U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz embraces both in a new television ad Tuesday in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for governor.

“I worked with President Obama on the Affordable Care Act and getting health coverage to all Americans,” Schwartz says in the spot “It was my legislation that said insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions. It’s something I’m proud of because it also closed the gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors.”.

In the House, Schwartz wrote legislation barring insurance companies from denying coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions, and the idea was later incorporated into the ACA.

POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:29 PM
Allyson Schwartz, running for Pa. governor. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz looked out at hundreds of comrades from battles past Thursday at her annual Women in Politics fundraiser and implored them to join her in the present fight: to become the first woman governor of Pennsylvania.

“I need you now,” Schwartz said. “You are my base.”

She said that her record of accomplishment was “unmatched” in the Democratic primary field and noted that female candidates for high office are “constantly challenged by the sexism of the media and the political pundits.”

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 1:54 PM

State Treasurer Rob McCord is running a new TV advertisement, entitled “Sucker,” that is the first to take on an opponent by name in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary race for governor.

In it, McCord says that he is the only one who would put a 10 percent tax on natural-gas fracking, with the proceeds going to protect the environment and fully fund schools.

“Tom Wolf and the others would leave hundreds of millions in the drillers’ pocket,” McCord says in a direct-to-camera shot.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:53 AM
Allyson Schwartz, running for Pa. governor. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

Allyson Schwartz’s second TV advert in the Democratic primary for governor makes a gender-based, populist appeal to elect her and break up the “old boys’ club” that rules Harrisburg in advancement of its own selfish interests.

“We all know that the old boys club exists in Harrisburg,” Schwartz said. “And I have to tell you that it is holding us back. When they get together, they look out for each other and the status quo.”

Schwartz established a women’s health center in Philadelphia early in her career, was director of the city’s human services department, was the third woman ever elected to the Pennsylvania Senate, and is the only woman in the state’s congressional delegation.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9:58 PM

Katie McGinty, the least-funded of the four challengers seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, launched two new 15-second TV spots Tuesday.

One highlights McGinty’s proposal to tax natural-gas drilling, with all the proceeds going to education, while the second spot touts the investment in clean energy during her tenure as state environmental secretary; it also notes McGinty worked in environmental policy in the Clinton administration and is endorsed by former Vice President Al Gore.

Standard political ads are 30 seconds long. Breaking that time in two extends the frequency of her advertising.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:28 PM

York businessman Tom Wolf, the front-running Democratic candidate for governor, on Thursday released terms of a $4.45 million loan he obtained from M &T bank, which he said was intended to consolidate personal debt and to support his campaign.

The action came after U.S. Rep. Allyson Scwhartz raised the issue during a Wednesday night debate and reiterated her concerns during a visit Thursday to The Inquirer's editorial board.

Wolf and his wife, Frances, personally guaranteed the loan, pledging all their personal assets in the event of a default, according to a summary of the loan provided by the campaign. Those assets include 7.5 million shares of preferred class B stock in the Wolf Organization, the family building-supplies design and distribution firm, as well as 6.2 million shares of common stock in the company.

POSTED: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 10:14 PM
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz talks about her plans for education reform in Pennsylvania during a November debate. MICHAEL BRYANT, File / Staff Photographer

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz launches her first TV ad in the Democratic primary for governor Monday, a 30-second spot that highlights her work in the state senate helping enact a landmark children’s health insurance program.

 “Got it Done” credits Schwartz, of Montgomery County, with “pushing” in the state Senate, where the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) had stalled before it was passed in 1992 and then-Gov. Robert P. Casey Sr. signed it into law.

“It’s the kind of big ideas, it’s the kind of experience, it’s the kind of leadership I’ll bring as your next governor,” Schwartz, who is filmed speaking from a podium, says in the commercial.

For years, Schwartz has called herself the “mother of CHIP,” and critics have accused her of exaggerating her role in the creation of the program, saying that Allen Kukovich, then a state representative, and Casey deserved most of the credit.

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:51 PM

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, Democratic candidate for governor, on Wednesday defended the efforts of an organization he once headed to promote outsourcing jobs overseas among technology companies.

McCord was asked about the outsourcing push, and how he could square it with his promise to be an advocate for the state’s working families, during an editorial board meeting with Penn Live, a Harrisburg news organization that publishes the thrice weekly Patriot-News.

The Eastern Technology Council, a trade organization McCord led from 1996 to 2007, partnered with Judge Group, a consultancy which offered services to council members, including advice on how to outsource jobs overseas.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Thomas Fitzgerald blogs about national politics.

Reach Thomas at

Tom Fitzgerald
Thomas Fitzgerald Inquirer Politics Writer
Also on
Stay Connected