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Schwartz Leaves Third Way

Rep. Schwartz
Rep. Schwartz

Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery) left her position as an honorary co-chair of the Third Way.

The group is a moderate think tank that found itself in hot water after it criticized progressive Democrats. Some Pennsylvania progressives urged Schwartz to step down from her position then.

When that editorial came out, her campaign assured voters that Schwartz disagreed with the article condemning Elizabeth Warren and programs like Social Security and Medicaid.

First reported by Daily Kos and confirmed by a peak at the Third Way’s website, Schwartz has stepped down, but she told PoliticsPA that it wasn’t a direct cause of the December controversy.

She’s also left the New Democratic Coalition and her leadership role on the House Budget Committee.

As the May primary approaches, I had long planned to step aside from other commitments,” she said. “As such, I am ending my leadership role with New Democratic Coalition, honorary role with Third Way and service on House Budget Committee – to keep my focus serving the people of the 13th Congressional District, to winning this campaign for governor, and finally getting Pennsylvania back on track.”

Schwartz has a reputation as a centrist from her work in Congress, but this separation may win her the support of more progressive voters.

She remains a frontrunner in the Democratic primary for governor, but faces stiff competition for the nomination from State Treasurer Rob McCord, former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, minister Max Myers and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.

 

6 Responses

  1. Schwartz cannot be trusted. She was part and parcel of Third Way’s plans to kill Social Security. When the kitchen got hot, Allyson jumped ship. She is the ultimate corporatist apologist. Retire and go home!

  2. Third Way is “moderate?” Lolol… Sure, in the same way that the Koch Brothers can be considered benificent philanthropists! In fact, Third Way was founded by a Koch employee, and gets major moolah, not just from Wall Street, but from Catfood-for-Seniors fanboy, Billionaire Pete Peterson. And Schwartzie, you’ll notice, is NOT leaving because she disagrees, but because she is too busy? That says to me that she is still in the billionaires’ back pocket, available to do their bidding on demand. She won’t finish above fourth in a Democratic primary – she should run as a Republican; she’d wipe Corbett right out.

  3. Wow “Schwartz has a reputation as a centrist from her work in Congress” oh really? Give me some examples not Schwartz talking points.

  4. An amazing amount of consistency here:
    “As the May primary approaches, I had long planned to step aside from other commitments,” she said. “As such, I am ending my leadership role with New Democratic Coalition, honorary role with Third Way and service on House Budget Committee – to keep my focus serving the people of the 13th Congressional District, to winning this campaign for governor, and finally getting Pennsylvania back on track.”

    She’s focused on two mutually exclusive goals:
    1) serving the people of the 13th (which requires her to be in the 13th or Washington, not the rest of the state)
    2) winning this campaign for governor (which not only requires her to be everywhere else, but she’s actually campaigning to be the Democratic nominee)

    Her third area of focus: “getting Pennsylvania back on track” cannot even start until after Nov 2014.

    Also, ending her service on the House Budget committee becomes one less thing she’s doing for the 13th.

  5. The damage is already done. Schwartz has been snuffed out as a shrew of Wall Street. Why do you think she has the money in her campaign coffers?

    Someone needs to take a look at her donors and see where this money is coming from. I wish we had Elizabeth Warren instead of Schwartz!

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