This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

It's about time someone in the Pennsylvania media, outside of local progressive blogs, finally questions and calls out Allyson Schwartz's horrid non-progressive idea.  Like the mission of the Daily Kos, which is to find good progressive candidates, voters in Pennsylvania and members in the "DKos PA" group should heed Will Bunch's advice.

In his article, Will Bunch acknowledges that Allyson Schwartz is an excellent Democrat when it comes to social issues like abortion, gay rights, women's rights and so forth, but he then goes on to compare the candidate to the "uptown/suburban politico -- typified by New York's Michael Bloomberg and his likely successor as mayor, Christine Quinn."

He explains:

They are 100 percent true-blue liberal on social issues like gay marriage and a woman's right to choose, but take pro-business stances that aren't helpful to the struggling middle class, and don't seem much troubled by creeping police-statism to protect what the affluent have in 21st Century America.
And then goes on to talk about yesterday's Ammash/Conyers amendment vote where Schwartz decided to position herself with neo-conservative republicans and establishment partisan Democrats who support the surveillance state.  

Bunch then points out Schwartz's pro-business/anti-middle class record (and if you live in her district as I do, you will notice how it is littered with Big Pharma).  Bunch writes:

And Schwartz' unprogressive vote on the NSA might be excusable is it were a one-time thing -- but there are other questions. In a time when fracking is ruining the rural environment across Pennsylvania, Schwartz has taken a surprisingly business-friendly (and future campaign-contributor friendly?) stance.  Upon taking office in 2005, Schwartz had a choice between the Big Banks or the middle class on a bankruptcy bill -- and she voted with the banks. She's a leader of something called the New Democrat Coalition -- which ProPublica recently described as "a group of 69 lawmakers whose close relationship with several hundred Washington lobbyists makes them one of the most successful money machines since the K Street Project collapsed."
If you want some other references for Schwartz's non-progressive record, you will have to look no further than her voting record on CISPA (another easy vote where she was the only PA Dem to favor the bill), her support for dronesCA, her assualt on the single payer option in the ACA, her attacks on the current ACA, and her attacks on her constiutents when she favored with credit card lenders in the run up to the recession.  

The best case scenario for those in the 13th is that Schwartz goes down in the primary and that Daylin Leach - a breath of fresh air - fills her seat.  To end this diary, lets leave it to Will Bunch:

If progressives are determined to vote for Allyson Y. Schwartz, they should stop and ask themselves... Y.?

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.