One of Pennsylvania’s most influential Democrats is backing Allyson Schwartz for Governor in what is perhaps the biggest endorsement of the race to date.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who also chairs the Philadelphia City Democratic Committee, endorsed Schwartz on Thursday.
“I have gotten the opportunity to work with Allyson for almost ten years in Washington,” Brady said. “There is no one who is more effective at fighting for Pennsylvania families. 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 for Governor.”
Brady and Schwartz have served in the House of Representatives since she was first elected in 2004. They also represent neighboring districts in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
The endorsement came within hours of a decision by state Sen. Mike Stack (D-Phila) to run for Lt. Governor instead of Governor.
Brady had been Stack’s biggest supporter, and the switch indicates some sort of deal.
“I have worked closely with Bob Brady on behalf of Philadelphia and the region, and I’m very proud to have his support,” Schwartz said. “Bob’s deep commitment to Philadelphia is demonstrated by his standing up for our city’s working men and women time and time again. In Congress, he is leading the way on voting rights protections, a critical issue here in Pennsylvania.”
The endorsement of Rep. Brady helps shore up Schwartz’s support in Philadelphia and Southeast Pennsylvania.
Other candidates for Governor include former DEP Secretaries John Hanger and Katie McGinty, State Treasurer Rob McCord, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, and former Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.