IBEW 98 Backs Schwartz for Gov

IBEW 98 Manager John Dougherty
IBEW 98 Manager John Dougherty

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 98 will give its influential endorsement and a $100,000 check to Rep. Allyson Schwartz for governor.

IBEW 98 is one of the largest unions in the Philadelphia area and their support is an immense show of strength for Schwartz in the city of brotherly love.

Presenting the check to Schwartz will be Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty. Also in attendance will be U.S. Congressman Robert A. Brady, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci and more than 100 city and state politicos and dignitaries.

The event will take place Wednesday evening at IBEW Local 98’s Union Hall at 1719 Spring Garden Street.

The move follows Brady’s endorsement earlier in the fall.

That said, Democratic leadership in Philly appears to be solidly behind Schwartz in the crowded primary.

It also helps catch Schwartz up to the union support of State Treasurer Rob McCord, who has the lead in union backing including IBEW Local 5 in Pittsburgh.

Schwartz and McCord have been the early frontrunners in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, but the field is still wide open. Other candidates include former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Cumberland County minister Max Myers and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. It’s also widely speculated that Pittsburgher and former Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagner may jump into the race.

5 Responses

  1. rob mccord yes he did win statewide twice and still cant poll numbers past schwartz or mcginty people just dont know who rob mccord is never passed a single piece of legislation before all he did was cut people in his office and run of list of unclaimed property in the newspapers not a leader by any means.he will finish 3rd behind these 2 women

  2. What is good for union LEADERS is not always good for the union rank-and-file. Rank-and-file need their SOCIAL SECURITY benefits maintained, NOT CUT. Third Way, Schwartz and union leaders are not in step with the working people in the union. Union workers will vote for their own economic interests. They do not need to be told who to vote for. And, they aren’t going to be fooled by endorsements.

  3. This is a huge mistake, and I’m saying this as a Democrat. The unions suffer tremendously under a Republican governor, and so they need to get a Democrat in office BADLY.

    To that end, anyone who understands Pennsylvania knows that Schwartz, who will be easily painted as a liberal, non-Christian, baby killer, career politician and Obama ally, is not the candidate most likely defeat Corbett in the General Election. She’s just not.

    If only there were a candidate who has won state wide twice, has charisma and good fundraising and broad appeal, and has zero of the personal and legislative baggage that Schwartz has. If only that candidate also came across as moderate, fiscally responsible and yet appealed to his strong SEPA base that’s needed for the General Election.

    Cough, Treasurer Rob McCord, Cough..

    Seriously this is a huge mistake for IBEW 98 – this was like a 100,000 dollar donation to the Corbett camp. If Schwartz gets the nomination IBEW will and should be kicking themselves.

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