To the editor: While I agree with Jake Betz's "fried liver" analogy to Gov. Corbett's re-election chances, his characterization of the Democratic field could not be further from the truth. With Joe Sestak officially throwing his hat in the Senate race ring, the field has been all but cleared for U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to take the Democratic nomination for governor of Pennsylvania.

Schwartz represents the best bet and the best fit for Democrats in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. As vice chairwoman of the New Democrat Coalition, she represents the moderate, pro-growth wing of the party. A strong supporter of our troops, she fought to provide tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed veterans and she has continually pushed for fiscal responsibility in Washington.

As state senator and a member of Congress, Schwartz has a long record of accomplishment strengthening our education and health care systems and growing jobs in the private sector. She's built that record despite Republicans being in control in the state Senate and House of Representatives for most of her career. She knows how to find common ground with both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians.

I had the opportunity to intern for Schwartz in Washington and I know she represents the values of central and northeastern Pennsylvania. We need a governor who will fight for the working and middle classes, not against them. We need a governor who will shake things up and get results - better jobs, better schools and better quality health care - for the citizens of our state. We need Schwartz to be the next governor of Pennsylvania.

Ty Tillett

Elysburg