She has been endorsed by the EMILY’s List PAC, which supports pro-choice Democratic female candidates, as well as the United Steelworkers Local 10-1.
The EMILY’s List endorsement isn’t an unexpected move given Schwartz’s connections with the organization. They were part of the crowd seeking to recruit her to the race, including commissioning a poll in March that showed the five-term Congresswoman leading the Democratic primary race.
“Governor Corbett’s devastating cuts to education and his fiscal irresponsibility have left Pennsylvania ranked 49th in job growth,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve better — someone like Allyson who is focused on getting things done rather than blindly gutting vital programs.”
The PAC offers institution support – namely fundraising – to candidates.
But Schwartz isn’t the only woman seeking to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett.
Kathleen McGinty, former Pa. Secretary of Environmental Protection, is also running. Among the three other declared candidates, all men, are McGinty’s DEP successor John Hanger, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, and minister Max Myers.
According to a press release, Schwartz also picked up the endorsement of the United Steelworkers Local 10-1, making it the first labor union to choose a candidate in the race.
“USW Local 10-1 is proud to endorse Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz for Pennsylvania Governor,” said union president Jim Savage. “When faced with the possibility of a devastating closure, Congresswoman Schwartz immediately went to work on our behalf without waiting to be asked. We appreciate her efforts and we know that all Pennsylvania working families will benefit from her leadership, which we experienced first-hand.”