McCord, Wolf Nab Labor Endorsements

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Rob McCord

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Rob McCord and Tom Wolf each picked up the backing of a labor union this week.

State Treasurer Rob McCord

On Thursday, McCord’s campaign announced that both the national and statewide chapter of the Utility Workers Union of America will back him in the Democratic primary.

“Utility Workers in Pennsylvania have never faced a more challenging time,” said Robert T. Wahlen, President of System Local 102 of the UWUA. “We believe that Rob McCord is the man to turn things around for working families in Pennsylvania. His personal background, his business expertise, and his leadership will be a welcome change and will help put our state back on top.”

The Pa. chapter includes approximately 5,000 active and retired members.

“The fact that both organizations are supporting our campaign sends another a clear signal that Pennsylvanians with a lot at stake believe our candidacy is best equipped to defeat Tom Corbett and put our state back on track,” said McCord.

It is McCord’s eighth union endorsement of the campaign.

Former PA Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 229 announced it’s endorsement of Tom Wolf on Monday. It’s headquartered in Wolf’s backyard of York County.

“Tom Wolf created hundreds of jobs and gave back up to thirty percent of his company’s profits to its workers every year. He’s a different kind of leader who has innovative ideas that will bring a fresh start to Pennsylvania,” said Business Manager Matthew H. Paules. “If working men and women really want to change Harrisburg, they should be looking for something fresh and different. Tom Wolf is that candidate and he’ll be that governor.”

Despite IBEW Local 229’s proximity to Wolf’s company, there is no previous affiliation between the two groups.

The Pittsburgh chapter of the IBEW is backing Rob Mccord.

2 Responses

  1. The sad part is that the national dems are going to be pushing Schwartz. They want to put the nail in the coffin with regards to PA being any bit of a swing state. In the last general election, PA wasn’t really contested, but Obama won it with less GOP opposition turn out, and his margin of victory was cut in half from ’08 to ’12. If the Dems can’t get the governorship back in 2014 with their coattails capturing one of the state legislature chambers, PA will be heavily contested for in 2016. Schwartz is to liberal for the more Blue-Dog counties in NW and SWPA. Her Stalinist like opposition to the 2nd amendment and ties to Gosnell will only hurt her in these areas. The likely Dem candidate for governor will also have to focus more on NEPA, and in particular, Norco. If the Dems want to win at least the PA governorship and pick up a couple of seats in the state legislature, the national Dems should stay back and let the voters put up who they want. But none the less, Schwartz will get plenty of money from her friends in Washington, and will probably get the nomination.

  2. annnnnd more unions endorsing someone NOT named Allyson Schwartz….

    they know she can’t win in the general!!

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