On Sunday, an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal attacked the "economic populism" of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio as "disastrous for Democrats," and criticizes "the new expansion of entitlement benefits that the Warren wing of the Democratic Party is proposing."
The authors were president and vice-president of a Wall Street-tied group (read these board member bios) called Third Way. Progressive activists have condemned the op-ed, and also noted that U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz—a Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania—serves as an honorary co-chair.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is calling on Schwartz to resign (and for their members to call her and make the same request).
"Third Way—a Wall Street-funded group that poses as a 'progressive' think tank—blasted Warren and her bold economic agenda yesterday in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal....Third Way has no grassroots support—they are just a tool for Wall Street and big corporations to attack popular, progressive ideas. If Allyson Schwartz dumps Third Way, that will deal them a major blow."
Schwartz's campaign has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger, a former environmental protection secretary who has positioned himself to the crowded primary field's left, joined the call for Schwartz to resign, saying the attack...[on] Democrats who are fighting for working people was misguided and unacceptable."
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