Not surprisingly, the organization is endorsing the Wolf-Stack ticket for Governor and twelve Democratic candidates for Congress. While most of the state legislators the group is backing are also Democrats, there are nevertheless a few Republicans who are receiving support. Altogether, 18 State Rep. and 5 State Senate GOP nominees won the AFL-CIO nod.
The Republican from the upper chamber were Senators Tommy Tomlinson (SD-6), Robert Greenleaf (SD-12), Pat Brown (SD-16), Mario Scavello (SD-40) and John Rafferty Jr. (SD-44).
Meanwhile the GOP nominees for the State House are as follows: Jim Marshall (HD-14), Gene DiGirolamo (HD-18), Bernie O’Neill (HD-29), Robert Godshall (HD-53), Glen Grell (HD-87), John Payne (HD-106), David Millard (HD-109), Karen Boback (HD-117), Mike Peifer (HD-139), Frank Farry (HD-142), Marguerite Quinn (HD-143), Mike Vereb (HD-150), Thomas Murt (HD-152), Joe Hackett (HD-161), Nick Miccarelli (HD-162), William Adolph Jr. (HD-165), Thomas Killion (HD-168), and John Taylor (HD-177)
“We highly recommend these candidates for Pennsylvania’s working families,” said PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale. “We are confident that they will support us as we fight to grow and protect jobs and support policies that will improve opportunities and the quality of life of working families. From the top of the ticket – Tom Wolf for Governor – and throughout this ticket, we have an excellent choice of leaders who are committed to keeping workers on a level playing field and moving Pennsylvania forward.”
“Starting today, we will be deploying our activists and volunteers to reach the worksites and households of workers in every region of the state on behalf of our endorsed candidate,” added Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. “This election will be won or lost on voter turnout and we are determined to educate and motivate beginning today through Election Day. It’s time to stop playing defense and go on offense and that will only happen if we all vote in November.”
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in the commonwealth and represents over 800,000 workers.
A complete list of the endorsees can be viewed here.