Politics & Policy

Shocker: AFL-CIO Endorses Joe Sestak and Dan Onorato

The AFL-CIO has announced its endorsement of Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate, and the Dan Onorato-Scott Conklin Gubernatorial ticket for Pennsylvania. Fifteen percent of workers in the state are union members, while the figure is 12 percent nationally.

“Just about all of the issues and challenges facing Pennsylvania’s working families are tied to protecting and creating jobs. Dan Onorato … has the energy and the know how to put Pennsylvania back to work and is a strong advocate who won’t hesitate to stand up publicly in support of the working people of Pennsylvania,” said [Richard] Bloomingdale, [PA AFL-CIO President.]

Tom Corbett continues to suffer as a result of his unemployment remarks gaffe, though with current polls putting Corbett up by 10, it seems people are more concerned with the pending collapse of pensions and the state economy than with, well, whatever “friends of working families” would advocate.

“This election is a clear choice between electing the friends of working families or someone who publicly attacks unemployed workers who are unable to find a job and who has publicly said that he will do everything he can to block quality affordable health care for Pennsylvania workers,” Bloomingdale emphasized. […]

In announcing the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorsement of Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate, Bloomingdale said … “Joe Sestak has compiled a 97 percent voting record in support of Pennsylvania workers on issues that matter most: economic recovery, protecting and creating jobs and helping unemployed workers.”

So Joe Sestak’s 97 percent-with-Nancy-Pelosi record now translates into a “record in support of Pennsylvania workers”? Surely there are better political strategies than linking oneself with a politician with an 11% approval rating.

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