In what was possibly the most embarrassing moment of the 2014 gubernatorial primary, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz “inadvertently dialed” opponent Katie McGinty’s husband to seek a campaign contribution on Monday night.
Bob Vickers at The Patriot has the story:
Around 6 p.m. Schwartz rang Chester County public policy researcher Karl Hausker on his mobile phone, greeted him, and went into her spiel about her 2104 campaign for governor.
But just before she moved in to make the ask, Hausker stopped her.
Turns out, he’s the husband of Katie McGinty, one of three Schwartz primary rivals for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Schwartz spokesman Mark Bergman explained the snafu by saying “it was an inadvertent dial.”
What, like a pocket dial? Or a Siri screw up? Bob Vickers gives the most likely explanation of how this could happen to a candidate:
Typically, a staffer guides a candidate making calls through compiled lists of potential donors. For calls to people the candidate does not already know, donor histories and bios are standard practice, so it’s rare for rival spouses to land on call sheets.
But when they do, experienced staffers weed them out.
Unfortunately, no experienced staffers were present.
While it’s an embarrassing story for the Schwartz campaign, it’s also very telling.
Monday (March 31st) was the end of the first cycle for campaign finance reporting from 2014 primary candidates, and it is odd that Schwartz was spending time cold-calling new donors the night of the deadline.
Typically, a candidate will spend the last day before a deadline calling the people who have already made commitments to contribute but who have not yet sent in a check.
The fact that Schwartz spent the last hours making cold calls could indicate that she is having trouble raising money. Reports must be filed by April 8th, so we will have a better indication of this next week.
Aside from McGinty and Schwartz, State Treasurer Rob McCord and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf are also competing for the Democratic nomination.