US Rep. Allyson Schwartz of suburban Philadelphia has been sending out signals for weeks now, and today the Democrat filed state paperwork to form a gubernatorial committee. Tom Fizgerald at the Inquirer has the story:
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz launched her campaign for the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor Monday, declaring that Gov. Corbett's "failed leadership" has crippled the Pennsylvania economy in a competitive world.
"He's just missing in action most of the time," Schwartz, of Montgomery County, said in an interview. She noted that the state's unemployment rate has been well above the national average during Corbett's term. "What I'm hearing from people around the state is that they know we need a fresh perspective about the economy and growth."
Schwartz, 64, argues her experience in Washington and Harrisburg makes her the strongest potential nominee to challenge Corbett. The governor's approval rating in independent public polls is at a historic low, though Pennsylvania voters have yet to turn down an incumbent chief executive seeking a second term.
"We've got to do all we can to defy history," Schwartz said. "It's not going to be easy."