EMILY's List has made Governor Tom Corbett (R. PA) a top target in the 2014 election cycle:Emily’s List is backing Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) in her bid for governor of Pennsylvania, making their first endorsement of the 2014 gubernatorial cycle.
The group, known for backing female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, is supporting Schwartz in her bid against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.
“Allyson Schwartz has an incredible track record of fighting for the women and families of Pennsylvania. Now it’s time for her to take that experience and dedication all the way to the governor’s mansion, where she will help get Pennsylvanians back to work, protect access to healthcare, and fight for seniors and veterans,” Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, said in a statement.
In her statement, Schriock noted that they have been supporting Schwartz for “more than a decade,” adding, “We’re thrilled to be a part of her campaign to become Pennsylvania’s first woman governor. - ABC News, 5/23/13
Corbett defended his stupid remarks back in March:“Governor Corbett’s devastating cuts to education and his fiscal irresponsibility have left Pennsylvania ranked 49th in job growth," Emily's List President Stephanie Schrlock said in a statement. "The people of Pennsylvania deserve better -– someone like Allyson who is focused on getting things done rather than blindly gutting vital programs."
Corbett has been a top target of abortion rights groups since his strong support last year for a bill requiring those seeking abortions to have ultrasounds. During the debate over the bill, he dismissed the argument that the bill was invasive, saying women who didn't want to see the image "just have to close [their] eyes."
Corbett said he is not engaged in a "war on women" in a radio interview last month. His staff did not respond to HuffPost's request for further comment.
"Other than one comment that was taken completely out of context and didn't draw any attention back when there was a bill under consideration ... [there are] no other comments that I have said about women out there," Corbett said last month. - Huffington Post, 5/23/13
Though Schwartz wants to make this race about Pennsylvania's economy, no doubt that she'll hit Corbett a few times for his role in the GOP's War On Women, especially since he's very unpopular with female voters. EMILY's List is determined to make Schwartz Pennsylvania's first female Governor. You can learn more about Schwartz's campaign here:
“I don’t know why people would call it a war on women,” he told the Philadelphia-based Giordano. “We do not have a war on anybody.”
When asked about the bill then, he made like it was no big deal. “I’m not making anybody watch, OK,” he said, in a video circulated by PA Independent, “because you just have to close your eyes. As long as it’s on the exterior and not the interior.”
Corbett addressed that comment and the outrage it caused while on Giordano. “Other than one comment that was taken completely out of context and didn’t draw any attention back when there was a bill under consideration,” the governor continued. “There’s no other comments that I have said about women out there.”
The governor became a huge party liability from the point of that comment on, with everyone from U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to President Barack Obama hitting him for political points during the campaign season.
“[The recent comments] just speak to how out of touch he is with women in Pennsylvania and people in Pennsylvania,” says Mark Nicastre, communications director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “This is a pretty good example, and there are many others, that he just doesn’t understand that what he’s saying has consequences.” - Philadelphia Weekly, 3/22/13
Also, Keystone Progress is also hitting Corbett's recent remarks about being unable to find one Latino in Pennsylvania to hire on his staff:
Tom Corbett can't find any Latinos in PA. Let's help him.
You can click here to give Corbett your ideas:Tom Corbett. You just know that the next words are going to be another inappropriate and embarrassing comment he made. Well, you’re right.
Last week, Corbett was asked by Philadelphia newspaper Al Día if he had any Latinos on his staff. He said he didn’t, then added, "If you can find us one, please let me know."[i]
If Tom Corbett has a problem finding Latinos, it’s probably because he travels in very limited Corbett Accountabilitycircles. Apparently he isn’t meeting Latinos in his exclusive meetings with corporate bigwigs, or at GOP leadership gatherings.
Since he doesn’t know any Latinos, and doesn’t know how to find any in a state that is 6% Hispanic, let’s give Tom some help.
Click here to share your ideas on where the Governor can find Latinos, or send him some of ours:
Buy a map of Pennsylvania. Our Latino neighbors live in every community.
Have a meal someplace outside of the Governor’s Mansion
Google “Latino organizations in PA.” There are dozens. Then visit a few of them.
Talk to someone in your neighborhood. About one in eight of your neighbors in Harrisburg is Hispanic.
But do it now. Tom Corbett only has about 19 months left to be Governor of Pennsylvania. And with comments like these, he’s not going to be around for a second term.
Pedro Rodriguez and Lorenzo Canizares
for the Keystone Progress Team