New endorsements for McGinty, Schwartz

Published by Tim McNulty on .

The latest endorsements are out in the Democratic race for governor. Tuesday, Allyson Schwartz got the nod from another union -- the Pennsylvania Council of Sheet Metal Workers -- and today Katie McGinty announced the support of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin (with whom she worked in the Clinton administration).

Full statements from both campaigns below:

From McGinty:

One of the nation's top business leaders, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin today announced that he is endorsing Katie McGinty in the Democratic primary for Governor of Pennsylvania.

McGinty and Rubin served together in the Clinton Administration. McGinty served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Deputy Assistant to President Clinton from 1993 to 1998. Rubin served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1995 to 1999 and was the first director of the National Economic Council.

"I've known Katie McGinty for 20 years. Katie McGinty is a proven problem-solver who understands good environmental policy is good economic policy," said Rubin. "Katie excels at bringing different perspectives together to find common ground. Her leadership and common sense approach to solving the most difficult problems would make her an excellent governor. She has my support in her race for governor and I hope others will join me as well."

McGinty said Rubin's support showed growing momentum for her candidacy.

"I am honored to have Bob Rubin's support. Secretary Rubin, working with President Clinton and Vice President Gore, led the country to a time of unprecedented economic growth and job creation during the Clinton years. With Pennsylvania mired 46th in job growth, my top priority will be to create good jobs for middle-class and working families. With an unparalleled work force, great universities, and abundant natural resources, Pennsylvania should be leading the nation in economic growth, not lagging behind. My campaign offers new energy and new ideas to build a brighter Pennsylvania," said McGinty.

From Schwartz:

Philadelphia, PA—Continuing the campaign's momentum, the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers today endorsed Allyson Schwartz's campaign for Governor.

"I have been proud to stand with the Sheet Metal Workers for years as they have worked to preserve the right for workers to organize, provide for a fair, livable wage, and secure retirement options," Allyson Schwartz said. "I am honored they will be standing with me as we work to change Harrisburg."

"Of all the candidates running for Governor, Allyson Schwartz is far and away the most effective advocate for working families across the state of Pennsylvania," said Warren Faust, Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 44 and Recording Secretary of the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers.

"Allyson will be a great advocate for western Pennsylvania working families. She'll be our kind of candidate and will make sure working men and women have access to quality jobs, health and disability benefits and a sound retirement options," David Bernett, Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 12 said.

"We have known and worked with Allyson for years. There has been no better advocate for sheet metal workers and working men and women than Allyson Schwartz. So I know that as Governor, she will always protect the rights of workers to organize and fight for a fair livable wage and good benefits," Gary Masino, President and Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 and President of the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers.

Schwartz has previously accepted the endorsements of key labor unions including: United Mine Workers Association, United Steel Workers Local 10-1, Boilermakers Local 19 and PASNAP.

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