U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz on Monday entered the governor’s race, unveiling a new campaign website and Facebook page, appearing on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC and filing paperwork in Harrisburg to start a state campaign committee.
Schwartz will not have a clear path to the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Three others have already announced their candidacies, and a half-dozen others are mulling bids.
Schwartz was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 1990 and to Congress in 2004. She lost the 2000 primary for U.S. Senate.
In the state Senate, she helped establish the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
In running statewide, she will tell Democrats that she has won races in a 13th Congressional district that is comprised of the blue-collar neighborhoods in the Northeast and fiscally moderate Montgomery County.
If she survives the primary, she will need moderate voters to oust Corbett. She’ll point to an “Economic Patriot Award” she received last October from the fiscally conservative Concord Coalition for voting for a proposed budget that featured spending cuts and tax reform.