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Schwartz ad pledges to 'break through' boys club

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, candidate in the Democratic primary for governor, makes a gender-based appeal to smash the "old boys' club" that rules state government in a new TV ad.

Allyson Schwartz's second TV advert in the Democratic primary for governor makes a gender-based, populist appeal to elect her and break up the "old boys' club" that rules Harrisburg in advancement of its own selfish interests.

"We all know that the old boys club exists in Harrisburg," Schwartz said. "And I have to tell you that it is holding us back. When they get together, they look out for each other and the status quo."

Schwartz established a women's health center in Philadelphia early in her career, was director of the city's human services department, was the third woman ever elected to the Pennsylvania Senate, and is the only woman in the state's congressional delegation.

The "old boys club" formulation was used to great effect in 2012 by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the first Democrat and first woman to be elected the state's top law enforcement official.

The ad is running in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh media markets.