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PA-12: IBEW Local 5 Endorses McClelland

Erin McClelland picked up a big union endorsement from IBEW Local 5 in her campaign to win the Democratic primary and face incumbent Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) in PA-12 next year.

IBEW Local 5 represents over 4,000 active and retired electrical workers in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where PA-12 is located.

“We are tired of the do nothing, overly partisan atmosphere in Washington, D.C. Ms.

Erin McClelland
Erin McClelland

McClelland possesses the skills and determination to get things moving,”  IBEW Local 5 Business Manager Michael Dunleavy said. “We look forward to working with her to help improve the future of all Western Pennsylvanians, and in particular the day-to-day lives of working men and women.”

IBEW is a large union in the district, and is the first union to endorse in this race. McClelland picked up four local endorsements last week, but this one may be particularly personal for her. McClelland’s father was an IBEW member.

“This endorsement is extremely personal for me. The IBEW fed me, clothed me, sheltered me and educated me. I am immensely grateful for the many opportunities they have afforded me throughout my life,” McClelland said. “Their continued support is an honor and a reminder that I, along with all of labor’s children, must fight to protect the future of America’s workers and the middle class.”

McClelland’s primary opponent is Col. John Hugya, a former Chief of Staff to Rep. John Murtha who represented the 12th district for 45 years. McClelland is a businesswoman from New Kensington.


4 Responses

  1. So it was the union (not her parents) that fed her, clothed her, and sheltered her? Sheesh, what sappy pandering. If she’s this much of a leftist hack she’ll never win in November.

  2. The unions back the Democrats 99.999% of the time and then complain about how tired they are of the partisanship…

  3. Tired of overly partisan atmosphere —- wow it is hard to take that statement seriously when the Obamacare supported by Ms. McClelland is a clear example of partisan politics and when the waivers expire will tax the IBEW union health care benefits. Of course Ms. McClelland advocates higher taxes on union health care benefits — she just can’t admit it until the PAC money is deposited and the election is over.

  4. Charlie Cook just listed Keith Rothfus as part of the core group of tea party conservatives who haven’t voted for one single bipartisan bill – if a Democrat votes for the bill, Keith votes No! We know Keith isn’t a native Pennsylvanian but I didn’t realize he was a Ted Cruz Texan. Let’s hope when he moved into the district to run for the seat last year he just got a rental!

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