A commentary in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal caught my attention. Written by the leadership of the centrist think-tank Third Way, the article attacks progressive Democrats such as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio
I found these attacks on leading progressive Democrats and progressive policies we believe in to be misguided and unacceptable. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, whom I am running against in the Democratic primary for Governor, is Honorary Co-Chair of Third Way. I think she should resign from the organization’s leadership and disavow her support for their policies.
Today I released the following formal statement on the issue:
Third Way's attack in yesterday's Wall Street Journal on Elizabeth Warren, Bill DeBlasio, and other Democrats who are fighting for working people was misguided and unacceptable. Sen. Warren has captured Americans' imagination and Bill DeBlasio won the mayoralty of New York City because they effectively and unapologetically challenge the political elites and the big money interests just as we are doing in our People's Campaign for Governor in Pennsylvania. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz can undermine Third Way's unacceptable attack on good Democrats and important ideas by resigning as Third Way's Honorary Co-chair. I hope Congresswoman Schwartz joins my call to strongly disavow and rebuke this right wing attack on Senator Warren, Mayor-elect DeBlasio, and progressive policies.
As I see it, Schwartz, despite what she may SAY, stands AGAINST the middle class and FOR Big Banks/ financial elites. Schwartz is a member of the New Democrat Coalition and a Democrat insider. The NDC’s relationships with 100s of Washington, DC’s well-heeled K-Street lobbyists does not bode well for Main Street and average people!
Her last “debate” at Temple demonstrated a key characteristic, in my view, of Third Way’s triangulation-style politics—the ability to stand for nothing, talk out of both sides of one’s mouth, and supposedly “straddle” the middle. The public is on to this phony-type politician. No one knows what they would be getting if they elect triangulators (formerly called snake-oil salesmen in the old days)!
Finally, when Schwartz attacks progressive policies and popularly elected, progressive leaders, what does that say about her? What IS HER philosophy? And, more importantly, can we TRUST anything A. Schwartz says?
John Hanger is a person who tells it like it is. How refreshing!! I am glad I learned of John’s candidacy earlier this year and I am proud to support him in next spring’s Democratic Primary.