PHILADELPHIA (WHTM) -
She was the early frontrunner in the Democratic primary for governor, touting over 20 years in elected office. But it was not enough for U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to win the nomination Tuesday night.
The five-term Congresswoman and former state senator was hoping to add Pennsylvania’s first female governor to her political resume.
Around, 9:30 p.m., with supporters gathered in the Grand Ballroom at Philadelphia’s Blu Warwick Hotel, she took to the podium for her concession speech.
During her short, yet emotional address, she announced that she called Tom Wolf to bow out of the race but also said she would join him in the fight to defeat Governor Tom Corbett in the fall.
Schwartz thanked supporters and family and then took one last shot.
“All of the Harrisburg establishment pretty much just couldn't think that a woman could serve as our governor, couldn't imagine even a woman with my experience and my accomplishments could actually be the governor of Pennsylvania. They didn't believe it and they said so over and over again. In fact, I think they couldn't imagine it and they couldn't even think it mattered. We know for a fact that it matters to have a woman in every level of leadership in this country,” Schwartz said.
She vacated her seat in the 13th District, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, for her gubernatorial run.