U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz last week received a couple bits of good news related to her campaign for governor.
Schwartz, a Democrat, was endorsed by a labor union and was pegged in a poll as the leader in the primary and general elections.
Boilermakers Local 13, which represents almost 800 members in 41 counties in Pennsylvania and New Castle County, Del., is backing Schwartz.
“Congresswoman Schwartz has long been a friend of Local 13 and has demonstrated her commitment to workers over and over again,” business manager John Clark and business agent/vice president Martin Williams said in a joint statement.
“Allyson doesn’t just talk about bringing manufacturing jobs to Pennsylvania. She played a vital role in keeping our southeastern refineries open, securing good-paying jobs for our members and many other Pennsylvanians. We will make sure that she has our full support to give her the chance she needs to re-energize Pennsylvania and prioritize workers the way they deserve.”
Meanwhile, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released a survey showing Schwartz ahead of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, 45 percent to 35 percent.
In the primary poll, Schwartz took 18 percent.
A distant second was Katie McGinty, a Rhawnhurst native and former secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, with 5 percent. State Treasurer Rob McCord was third with 4 percent. He would beat Corbett, 43 percent to 35 percent. Tom Wolf, a York County businessman and former secretary of the state Department of Revenue, had 2 percent.
Four candidates had 1 percent apiece. They are state Sen. Mike Stack, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, former DEP secretary John Hanger and Max Myers, a pastor, businessman and author from Cumberland County. ••