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Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, talks to voters.
Rep. Allyson Schwartz
Third Way has lost Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz as its honorary co-chair, a senior source close to Schwartz's campaign for Pennsylvania governor told Daily Kos. And not just Third Way. The senior source said that "She has resigned her positions with Third Way and the New Democratic Coalition effective immediately, as well as her seat on the House Budget Committee."

Schwartz's connection to Third Way drew attention in early December, when the Wall Street front group published a Wall Street Journal op-ed attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, liberal populism, and Social Security. At the time, a spokesman said Schwartz "thought Third Way's Op/Ed on Social Security was outrageous and strongly disagrees with it" and reiterated her support for Social Security and Medicare; Schwartz quickly signed on as a cosponsor of a bill to expand Social Security. Now, as Schwartz leaves Third Way, Daily Kos' source says that "The Third Way op-ed made this a much easier decision to make."

If you want a sign of how unpopular Third Way's agenda is, look no further than the fact that Schwartz is leaving just as she's running statewide in Pennsylvania, a state that has a Republican governor, Republican-dominated state legislature, and one Republican senator despite having voted Democratic in recent presidential elections. Clearly she doesn't think that there's some population of "centrist" purple-state voters out there yearning for a Democrat who'll cut Social Security.

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Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM PST.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, DKos Pennsylvania, and Daily Kos.

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