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Received this e-mail today from Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D. PA-13) who is running against Governor Tom Corbett (R. PA) in next year's Governor's race:
Last week, Governor Corbett stated that so many Pennsylvanians are out of work because they use illegal drugs.


Of course, you and I know that’s not the cause of Pennsylvania’s stagnant economy.

Its Tom Corbett’s failed economic policies.

On his watch, Pennsylvania dropped to 49th in job creation last year – ahead of only Wyoming.

And the Governor’s office calls this meaningless.

As states around us rebound from the recession, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remains above the national average, and is nearly as high as it was when Governor Corbett took office.

We deserve better than the failed economic policies, stale politics and misplaced priorities of Governor Corbett.

We deserve better than a Governor who is 49th in job creation and #1 in excuses.

And Pennsylvanians know it.

This morning’s Franklin and Marshall poll shows that 64 percent of Pennsylvanians think it’s time for a new Governor – giving him a “C” on his performance on job creation and the economy.

Right now, you can help Allyson get there.

Make a contribution of $49 today to support Allyson's campaign for Governor and show Tom Corbett that being 49th in job creation and #1 in excuses just isn’t good enough for Pennsylvania.


Then, share the video with your friends and family and encourage them to join our team as well at AllysonSchwartz.com.

Thank you for your support for Allyson’s campaign -

Reesa Kossoff

Communications Director

You can click here to donate to Schwartz's campaign:


By the way, the new F&M poll Schwartz is referring to also shows that Pennsylvania's greatly disapprove of Corbett's plan to privatize the liquor store system:


The poll also shows support is dipping rapidly for one of Corbett's key budget initiatives: selling state-owned liquor store system to the private sector.

Liquor privatization ranked as the lowest priority for the 526 voters surveyed between April 30 and May 5. It even fell behind privatization of the state lottery's management. While the highest priority for voters was creating new jobs and improving the state's economy.

Support for privatizing the liquor store system dropped 6 percentage points to 47 percent between February and the end of the most recent survey.

The lost support is even steeper when broken up along party lines.

Liquor privatization support dropped 7 percentage points to 54 percent among Republicans, and 7 percentage points among Democrats to 48 percent. - Morning Call, 5/8/13

Schwartz is very serious about not only securing her party's nominee but also putting up a tough fight with Corbett in the general.  Hence why she has a top notch campaign team ready to go.  Meet Team Schwartz:


File photo of Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) taken on on February 6, 2013 during an event unveiling a planned SGR fix with Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) and a panel of medical groups. Schwartz announced her intention to run for Governor of Pennsylvania today. John Shinkle/POLITICO
Rich Davis, partner in the Davis/Dixon Media Group, will be the media consultant. Davis has worked with Schwartz for 14 years, including her 2004 election to Congress. The firm’s clients include Govs. Martin O’Malley (Md.) and Maggie Hassan (N.H.) as well as U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) , Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (N.Y.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii),Mark Udall (Colo.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), and Brian Schatz (Hawaii).

Pete Brodnitz, Beneson Strategy Group, will be the pollster. In Pennsylvania, he worked for Kathleen Kane last year, helping her win the Democratic primary and go on to become the first woman elected attorney general in state history. He is perhaps best known for two wins in Virginia – Gov. Tim Kaine in 2005 and Sen. Jim Webb in 2006 – widely considered the breakthrough that turned the perception of the state from red to purple.

Ed Peavy, Adnaan Muslim, Mark Bergman, of Mission Control Inc., will handle direct mail. The firm has worked with Schwartz since 2004. Clients include Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York; Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, the only female Democratic governor in the U.S.; and Jay Nixon of Missouri.

Rachel Hirschberg, president, Berger Hirschberg Strategies, will be a fundraising strategist. She has two decades of national experience, including serving as vice president of development and senior adviser to the New Democrat Network, and working with EMILY’s List, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association, among others.

Pat Millham, senior adviser. Millham comes to Team Schwartz after serving as Pennsylvania political director for President Obama’s reelection campaign. He was a regional political director for former Gov. Ed Rendell’s 2006 campaign, and was the statewide political director for Dan Onorato’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Aubrey Montgomery, Finance Director. Montgomery, a Philadelphia native, most recently left the position of Finance Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party after bringing in about $20 million dollars during her tenure. She has worked on a number of campaigns in the state.

Reesa Kossoff, Communications Director. Kossoff was director of regional press in Ohio for the 2012 Obama campaign. She helped shape the campaign’s strategy of stressing the financial bailout of the automobile industry in the critical swing state. In addition, Kossoff has worked on high-profile governor’s races in Ohio and Washington state.

Neil Deegan will be political director. He joined Schwartz’s staff in 2006 and, since 2008 has been a senior member of her political team, handling finance and political operations.

Erin Gorman will be deputy finance director/national. She worked on fundraising for Gov. O’Malley’s successful 2010 campaign in Maryland and for the Democratic Governors Association. - Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/7/13

If you would like to learn more and get involved with Schwartz's campaign, you cna do so here:



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Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:56 AM PDT.

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