GOP group slams Schwartz for law GOP House approved

Republicans are politically targeting U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in advance of the May 20 primary election to determine who faces Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 general election. (File Photos)

We've noted before -- here and here -- that Gov. Corbett and his Republican allies seem to be pulling for U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to win the May 20 Democratic primary election for governor. 

The theory: Corbett can win reelection against Schwartz in the Nov. 4 general election. So Republicans talk her up while mostly ignoring the other six Democrats in the primary.

Today, the Republican Governors Association provided another example.  The RGA issued a news release noting that the Farm Bill passed by the U.S. House last Wednesday and the U.S. Senate yesterday restores a fee on home heating oil.  The RGA cites a Washington Times story calling that fee two-tenths of a cent on the gallon.

The news release headline: "Already unaffordable home heating oil to get a tax hike thanks to Allyson Schwartz."

That's curious because the Farm Bill, also known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed the house by a vote of 251-166 with 14 members not voting.  Republican members supported it 162-63 while Democrats opposed it 103-89.

So the RGA is politically attacking Schwartz for a vote that a majority of Republicans in the House also made.  For example, suburban Republican Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan voted for the Farm Bill while Philadelphia Congressmen Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah voted against it.

The RGA called Schwartz's vote "shocking."  We asked the RGA if it is as shocked by the votes of Fitzpatrick, Meehan and the rest of the Republicans who supported the bill. 

RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho told us "...this is not about the GOP members. This is about Schwartz, who is running for Governor."

UPDATE: 3:05 pm:  Hat tip to Emily's List, which points out that Corbett yesterday urged President Obama to sign the Farm Bill.  So the RGA, in supporting Corbett, attacks Schwartz for a vote that Corbett supports.