Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz officially launched her campaign for Governor yesterday. Tom Corbett is rated the most vulnerable incumbent Governor in the country and prominent Democrats are lining up to evict him from Front Street in Harrisburg. Schwartz joins former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP Secretary John Hanger and evangelical fundamentalist preacher Max Myers in the field. State Treasurer Rob McCord will enter the race soon and rumors continue to circulate around Admiral Joe Sestak.
Gov. Gasbag’s painfully low approval numbers (26%) and high disapproval (49%) have led to a strong field of challengers. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor has launched a website in preparation of a GOP challenge and another Montco Commish Josh Shapiro is also considering a run.
The fact Corbett slashed education funding while giving those funds to corporations as tax breaks has driven his poll numbers to the basement.
Schwartz is progressive on social issues but not economic social ones. Her record is something of a corporate Democrat and would normally allow the Pennsylvania progressive community to get behind such a candidacy. In this race however both Wolf and McCord easily outpace her in progressive credentials. With another strong turnout of women voters however she could win the primary. There is substantial doubt about her ability to win statewide due to her past ties to a Philadelphia abortion clinic. Though that should not actually hurt her (abortion is a constitutionally protected right) it will in western Pennsylvania where even the Democrats are conservative.
It’s going to be a heck of a race.