#PAGov: Allyson Schwartz Leaves Third Way, New Dems

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Via Sean Kitchen, Laura Clawson at Daily Kos is reporting that Allyson Schwartz has officially resigned from her positions with conservadem groups Third Way and the New Democrats coalition in the House.

Some might be inclined to say “I told you so” but not us! As Sean says, this is evidence that Schwartz takes Democratic activists seriously, and is migrating to the issue positions and political posture that the Democratic statewide primary electorate wants their nominee for Governor to have. We should all be thanking Allyson Schwartz for making it crystal clear that she stands with the right forces in the Democratic Party:

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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10 Responses to #PAGov: Allyson Schwartz Leaves Third Way, New Dems

  1. Bram R says:

    Agreed. There is still room to question more, “Why were you in Third Way?” “What do you now think it is about?” “How do you grapple with these issues?” It’s actually a really ripe discussion for the Democratic party… coming to terms with its own coalition. We’re not exactly the Republicans but we have our differences.

    I think the “activists” are alarmed by the influence of Big Business on the Democratic governing agenda (not message, governing agenda), and I think they have a point that is uncomfortable to many in the coalition.

  2. Jon Geeting says:

    Good points. I hope someone will ask her what she thinks is going on with Third Way’s section of the party/donor base, now that she is no longer a member.

  3. George King says:

    Hmmm, she is/was co-chair and didn’t agree with a group masquerading as a Democrat think tank that was funded by Banking interest and the GOP?

    Why would she lend her name to such a group without knowing who they are? What was their vision plan? Democrat group that is trying to persuade Democrat politicians not to vote Democrat principles such as Social Security and inequality issues?

    I think she is very typical of what we are seeing as the blur between GOP and Democrat party who really are seeking self promotion and wealth or power.

    Why would anyone trust her ability to govern is this is truly the case?

    Wow! First to those that advocate against the people and the sharing of the commons seem to think that not only our thinking but all aspects of our lives should be done for us by rule of private for profit corporations who have the politicians by a strangle hold by either bankrolling their elections or just shear intimidation of their current strangle hold on the commons…and the list goes on should order & read “Deer Hunting with Jesus” (Dispatches from America’s class war) by Joe Bageant.

    We have seen this before and some Brave Patriots have resolved this before. http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/1937/37_scgifs/large/37010706.gif
    The results http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/1937/37_scgifs/large/37012004.gif

    This link gives some history here, if only Obama followed up his Supreme Court Stare down! http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/history/flsa1938.htm

    1937 – The Supreme Court A study of the O’Connor collection at the FDR Presidential Library reveals that no topic has provided cartoonists with more inspiration that FDR’s “court packing” proposal. In his Second Inaugural Address FDR had indicated he was ready to pursue a more vigorous path to reform. He stated, I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished… .” FDR proposed to add up to six new judges to the Supreme Court and up to 44 judges to lower federal tribunals. His scheme was advertised as court reform.

    There is more http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/1937/37_01.html

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