Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Resoundingly Reaffirms Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President and Announces Endorsements for Statewide Row Offices, U.S. Congress and State Legislature

2008-07-24 16:37:00

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Resoundingly Reaffirms Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President and Announces Endorsements for Statewide Row Offices, U.S. Congress and State Legislature

    HARRISBURG, Pa., July 24 /EMWNews/ -- Pennsylvania

AFL-CIO President William George today announced the reaffirmation of the

AFL-CIO's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President which was made

by the AFL-CIO's General Board on June 26, 2008 and endorsements made today

by the PA AFL-CIO Executive Council for Attorney General, Auditor General,

State Treasurer, for U.S. House of Representatives, and for the State

Legislature.



    "Barack Obama comes from a working class family, with working class

values. He fought for equal pay, minimum wage, prevailing wage

improvements, card check, responsible bidder and unemployment for

locked-out workers. He stands up for working people and he will turn our

economy around so that all Americans will benefit from fair trade,

affordable health care, pension protections and the right to form a union,"

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President William George said.



    In announcing the other endorsements for statewide seats, U.S. Congress

and State Legislature, George said, "These candidates have proven

themselves to be the friends and supporters of working families. They

understand that workers are struggling in this economy with stagnant wages,

soaring prices for health care, gas and food. They advocate and support an

agenda that mirrors the priorities of the labor movement. We are confident

that they will put this country back on track toward prosperity and

opportunity for all not the few," George declared.







    "These endorsements are not only a stamp of approval, it marks the

continuation of building the biggest political mobilization of union

households in the history of Pennsylvania. On election day, union members

and their families will play a major role in deciding the direction of the

nation," Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Bloomingdale

said.



    The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in the

State, representing 1.2 million union workers and their families.

Endorsements are made by a 2/3rds vote of the members of the Pennsylvania

AFL-CIO's Executive Council representing unions affiliated with the

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. The following candidates are endorsed by the

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO for the November General Election:




PRESIDENT Barack Obama D AUDITOR GENERAL Jack Wagner* D STATE TREASURER Robert McCord D U.S. CONGRESS 1 Robert A. Brady* D 2 Chaka Fattah* D 3 Kathy Dahlkemper D 4 Jason Altmire* D 5 Mark B. McCracken D 6 Bob Roggio D 7 Joe Sestak* D 8 Patrick J. Murphy* D 9 Tony Barr D 10 Chris Carney* D 11 Paul E. Kanjorski* D 12 John P. Murtha* D 13 Allyson Schwartz* D 14 Mike Doyle* D 15 Sam Bennett D 16 Bruce A. Slater D 17 Tim Holden* D 18 Tim Murphy* R 19 Philip J. Avillo, Jr. D PA SENATE 3 Shirley M. Kitchen* D 7 Vincent J. Hughes* D 9 Dominic Pileggi* R 11 Michael A. O'Pake* D 13 Jose E. Urdaneta D 15 Judy Hirsh D 17 Daylin Leach D 19 Andrew E. Dinniman* D 25 Joseph B. Scarnatti, III* R 27 John Gordner* R 29 James J. Rhoades* R 33 Richard Alloway, II R 35 John N. Wozniak* D 37 John Pippy* R 39 Tony Bompiani D 41 Don White* R 43 Jay Costa, Jr.* D 45 Sean Logan* D 47 Sean Michael Ramaley* D 49 Cindy Purvis D PA HOUSE 1 Patrick J. Harkins* D 2 Florindo "Flo" J. Fabrizio* D 3 John Hornaman D 4 Rick Mitchell D 5 John Evans* R 7 Mark Longietti* D 9 Christopher Sainato* D 10 Jaret Gibbons* D 11 Dave Wilson D 12 John Olesnevich D 13 Tom Houghton D 14 Dennis Rousseau D 15 Vince Biancucci* D 16 Robert F. Matzie D 17 Donald Duke Whiting D 18 Gene DiGirolamo* R 19 Jake Wheatley* D 20 Don Walko* D 21 Dom Costa D 22 Chelsa Wagner* D 23 Dan Frankel* D 24 Joseph Preston, Jr.* D 25 Joseph Markosek* D 26 Fern B. Kaufman D 27 Daniel J. Deasy, Jr. D 28 Brad Cline D 29 Brad Kirsch D 31 Steve Santarsiero D 32 Anthony DeLuca* D 33 Frank Dermody* D 34 Paul Costa, Jr.* D 35 Marc J. Gergely* D 36 Harry Readshaw* D 38 Bill Kortz* D 39 David Levdansky* D 42 Matt Smith* D 44 Ayanna Lee D 45 Nick Kotik* D 46 Jesse White* D 48 Timothy Solobay* D 49 Peter Daley, II* D 50 H. William DeWeese* D 51 Tim Mahoney* D 52 Deberah Kula* D 53 Jack Hansen D 54 John Pallone* D 55 Joseph Petrarca* D 56 James Casorio, Jr.* D 57 John W. Boyle D 58 R. Ted Harhai* D 59 Michael J. O'Barto D 61 Frank X. Custer D 63 Matthew Ellenberger D 66 Samy Elmasry D 71 Bryan Barbin D 72 Frank Burns D 73 Gary Haluska* D 74 Camille "Bud" George* D 75 Dan Surra* D 77 H. Scott Conklin* D 79 Richard Geist* R 88 Sheryl M. Delozier R 93 Darrell L. Raubenstine D 95 Eugene A. DePasquale* D 96 P. Michael Sturla* D 103 Ronald Buxton* D 106 Phyllis Bennett D 107 Robert Belfanti, Jr.* D 112 Ken Smith* D 113 Frank Andrew Shimkus* R/D 114 Jim Wansacz* D 115 Edward Staback* D 116 Todd Eachus* D 117 Russ Bigus D 118 Mike Carroll* D 119 John Yudichak* D 120 Phyllis Mundy* D 121 Eddie Day Pashinski* D 122 Keith McCall* D 123 Neal Goodman* D 124 David G. Argall* R 125 Tim Seip* D 126 Dante Santoni, Jr.* D 127 Thomas Caltagirone* D 130 David R. Kessler* D 131 Karen D. Beyer* R 132 Jennifer Mann* D 133 Joseph F. Brennan* D 135 Steve Samuelson* D 136 Robert Freeman* D 137 Richard Grucela* D 140 John T. Galloway, Sr.* D 141 Anthony Melio* D 142 Chris King* D 143 Marguerite Quinn* R 144 Katharine Watson* R 145 Tom Peterson D 148 Mike Gerber* D 149 Tim Briggs D 150 Mike Vereb* R 151 Rick Taylor* D 152 Thomas P. Murt* R 153 Josh Shapiro* D 154 Lawrence Curry* D 156 Barbara McIlvaine Smith* D 157 Paul J. Drucker D 159 Thaddeus Kirkland* D 160 Stephen Barrar* R 161 Bryan Lentz* D 162 John DeFrancisco D 163 Nicholas Micozzie* R 164 Mario Civera, Jr.* R 166 Gregory Vitali* D 167 Carol Palmaccio D 168 Ian Thomas D 169 Dennis O'Brien* R 170 Brendan F. Boyle D 171 Joanne Tosti-Vasey D 172 John Perzel* R 173 Michael Patrick McGeehan* D 174 John P. Sabatina, Jr.* D 175 Michael H. O'Brien* D 176 Mario Scavello* R 177 John J. Taylor* R 178 Steven Rovner D 179 Tony Payton* D 180 Angel Cruz* D 181 W. Curtis Thomas* D 182 Babette Josephs* D 184 William Keller* D 185 Robert Donatucci* D 186 Kenyatta Johnson D 187 John Ritter D 188 James Roebuck, Jr.* D 189 John J. Siptroth* D 190 Vanessa L. Brown D 191 Ronald Waters* D 192 Louise Williams Bishop* D 193 Neil F. Clifford D 194 Kathy M. Manderino* D 195 Frank Oliver* D 197 Jewell Williams* D 198 Rosita Youngblood* D 200 Cherelle L. Parker* D 201 John Myers* D 202 Mark B. Cohen* D 203 Dwight Evans* D * Incumbent

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