As Primary Approaches, Democratic Candidates Turn Their Attention From Corbett To Each Other

Apr 28, 2014

Less than a month from the May 20 primary, sniping among the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates is starting to creep into the race.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has taken the lead – at least when it comes to taking jabs at the field’s perceived frontrunner, Tom Wolf.

Christopher Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, says it makes sense given recent polls showing Schwartz as Wolf’s closest competitor.

"They have trail in the polls, they’re usually seen as second or third, and therefore if they want to close the gap, if they want to reel in Tom Wolf, they are under the impression that they’re going to have to erode some of his public standing," Borick said.

Schwartz most recently called out Wolf’s campaign for plagiarizing part of a policy paper from a company that has a number of state contracts.

A spokesman for Wolf says the staffer responsible was fired.

Schwartz has also been asking for more details on Wolf’s campaign financing, including a four million dollar personal loan the York County businessman insists will not jeopardize his company.

State Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty are also running for the party's nomination.