Another set of endorsements emerge as the Democratic candidates maneuver for the chance to take on Gov. Tom Corbett.
One big one, though not unexpected, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady is lining up behind his colleague, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz.
State Treasurer Rob McCord meanwhile, showcased the support of a bunch of current and former state legislators, incuding several western Pennsylvanians, such as Reps. Dom Costa, Joe Markosek and Ted Harhai, and state Sen. Tim Solobay. The releases from two candidates are after the jump:
23 PENNSYLVANIA SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES ANNOUNCE THEIR SUPPORT FOR McCORD FOR GOVERNOR
Bryn Mawr, PA - Today, a growing list of current and former Pennsylvania State Senators and State Representatives announced that they are supporting State Treasurer Rob McCord in the Democratic primary for governor.
“I’m honored to have the early endorsement of so many hard-working Democrats from the state House and state Senate,” said McCord. “They share my fundamental view that we need to get back to investing in Pennsylvania families again, and I look forward to working with them as governor to make it happen. Under Tom Corbett, the governor’s office has failed to engage constructively and productively with House and Senate members from either party. I believe we can do much better and I look forward to forging a more effective, successful working relationship with our elected leaders. These endorsements are just the beginning.”
“What Pennsylvania needs right now is a governor who can deliver some real results and that’s what I see when I look at Rob McCord,” said State Rep. Pam Snyder. “He’s made the treasurer’s office a model for productivity in the state at a time when it's getting harder and harder to get anything accomplished. We’re facing some critical issues in the years ahead - underfunded schools, not enough jobs, and seniors living on a shoestring - we need a governor like Rob McCord who we can trust to get things done.”
“Rob McCord understands what families in northeastern Pennsylvania are going through in this tough economy,” said State Sen. John Yudichak. “He’s lived through economic uncertainty, rose above those challenges, and it made him a stronger leader. Rob McCord can deliver on the promise of a better Pennsylvania, and I stand ready to join the fight to make Harrisburg work again for the families of northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Joining State Representative Snyder and State Senator Yudichak in endorsing Rob McCord for governor today were the following current and former members of the legislature:
Current State Representatives Bryan Barbin, Ryan Bizzaro, Mike Carroll, Dom Costa, Florindo Fabrizio, Jaret Gibbons, Neal Goodman, Kevin Haggerty, Ted Harhai, Robert Matzie, Joe Markosek, Sid Michaels-Kavulich, Deberah Kula, and Chris Sainato. Along with former State Representatives Jennifer Mann and Tim Seip.
Current State Senators John Blake, Tim Solobay, Sean Wiley, and John Wozniak were joined by former State Senator Joseph Gurzenda.
The legislators’ endorsement follows closely on the heels of endorsements by the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Philadelphia’s 1199c, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, IUOE Local 66, and more than 20 Democratic Party County Chairs.
U.S. Representative Bob Brady Endorses Allyson Schwartz for Governor
Philadelphia, PA--- Congressman Bob Brady today announced his endorsement of Allyson Schwartz to be Pennsylvania’s next Governor. Congressman Brady represents Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District and serves as the Ranking Member on the House Administration Committee. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Philadelphia City Democratic Committee.
“I have gotten the opportunity to work with Allyson for almost ten years in Washington,” Congressman Brady said. “There is no one who is more effective at fighting for Pennsylvania families. As Governor, she will bring that record of accomplishment and effective leadership to our Commonwealth. Allyson is smart, tough and principled. I am proud to strongly support her for Governor.”
“I have worked closely with Bob Brady on behalf of Philadelphia and the region, and I’m very proud to have his support,” Schwartz said. “Bob’s deep commitment to Philadelphia is demonstrated by his standing up for our city’s working men and women time and time again. In Congress, he is leading the way on voting rights protections, a critical issue here in Pennsylvania.
“I look forward to working with Bob to win, and to be able as Governor to bring a new vision to Pennsylvania that invests in schools, our infrastructure and our Commonwealth’s future,” Schwartz added.
Schwartz has also recently received the endorsements of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, United Mine Workers of America, United Steel Workers Local 10-1, Boilermakers Local 19 and Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals.