Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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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.

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8:26 AM

York businessman Tom Wolf continues to hold a commanding position in the Democratic race for governor, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Thursday.

Wolf was supported by 33 percent of registered Democratic voters, with 7 percent backing U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, 6 percent for state Treasurer Rob McCord and 4 percent favoring Katie McGinty, a former White House and state environmental official.

The relative positions of the candidates are virtually unchanged from a February F & M poll. Wolf , a millionaire who has given $10 million to his own campaign, began advertising before anybody else at the end of January. McGinty started in February, but has not matched Wolf in overall statewide volume.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:05 PM

The Midwestern finance director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee emailed a warning Wednesday to all the party’s House campaigns in her territory: Don’t do what Allyson Schwartz did the other day.

“This is why you do donor research! Even if you’re really busy and even if your candidate doesn’t pay attention to it,” wrote Molly Ritner, above a link to a cautionary tale.

It seems that Schwartz, while slogging through fundraising calls Monday evening, rang up Karl Hausker of Chester County, husband of her rival for the Democratic nomination for governor, Katie McGinty. Awwwkward!

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:09 AM

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, once the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for governor, has not advertised on TV yet, but her campaign argued Wednesday in an widely circulated state-of-the-race memo that she is well positioned to win the May 20 primary despite that silence.

“We have over $5 million on hand to spend communicating with voters across Pennsylvania about Allyson’s experience and leadership,” writes Corey Dukes, campaign manager for Schwartz. “We have a deep base of support in the Philadelphia media market, which will only grow as voters hear our message. And, we have tremendous growth opportunities in every region of the Commonwealth.”

Some Schwartz supporters have been anxious about the campaign’s delay in going up on the air. Dukes said it was a strategic decision to advertise “when primary voters are actually making decisions about whom to support.”

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