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PA-Gov: Firefighters Endorse McCord


The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association endorsed State Treasurer Rob McCord for governor today.

“I’m humbled to receive this valuable endorsement from the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association,” said McCord. “These hard working men and women represent the backbone of our Commonwealth’s emergency response network. They are also our friends and neighbors, and they know too many Pennsylvanians are working twice as hard to get half as far. These heroic first responders know it is time for a new governor in our state.”

PPFFA represents more than 10,000 professional firefighters, EMTs and paramedics across the state.

“I’m pleased to announce that the thousands of active and retired members of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association have chosen to stand behind Treasurer Rob McCord in his race to be the next Governor of Pennsylvania,” said Art Martynuska, President of PPFFA. “Rob is the only one, and I mean the only one in the race for governor, who has a proven himself as a tireless champion of Pennsylvania’s working families. Congratulations Rob, we’re behind you all the way.”

According to McCord’s campaign, this union endorsement brings his total of union member endorsements up to 427,500, putting him paces ahead of his competition in labor support.

McCord counts the support of five IBEW locals, Locals 5, 81, 126, 143 and 163. He also has endorsements from PSEABCTGM Local 464 – Chocolate Workers, AFSCME Council 13, UFCW Local 1776, the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Philadelphia’s AFSCME District 1199C, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, IUOE Local 66, the Philadelphia Laborers and the Utility Workers Union of America.

Also running in the Democratic primary for governor are former PA DEP Secretary Katie McGinty, former Secretary of the PA Department of Revenue Tom Wolf,  Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former Auditor General Jack Wagner.

11 Responses

  1. PoliticsPA always uses that picture of McCord… the one where he’s making the “I’m a snooty princess” face.

  2. Other than Wolf, who could afford to go on air early, nobody ever goes up this early. The voters aren’t paying attention (and if they are, they have short attention spans anyway).

    Wolf “may” have broken the mold with his early buys. However, it remains unclear if he his lead is due only to no competition, and could evaporate once McCord and the other candidate start advertising.

    Wolf is clearly the favorite/front-runner at this point, but that lead hasn’t been tested with competing ads.

  3. Very big endorsement. They may not have the most money ,but pound for pound, know one votes like firefighters

  4. I don’t understand the “all or nothing” media campaign. At the very least McCord should target ads to some of the markets where there are no home candidates like Erie, Altoona/Johnstown and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and do some cable advertising to stations that likely DEM voters watch such as MSNBC and CNN in the philly suburbs where turnout is going to be higher than the state average due to the contested Congressional primaries. This will lift his numbers somewhat at a small cost. Then hit state-wide later.

  5. McCord must have some financial hitch in his giddy-up as he has no air cover to support his significantly large ground campaign.

    He’d better figure out something fast because a Corbett vs Wolf contest is a lock for Corbett.

  6. steveinpa-

    Rob’s union endorsements are easy to explain:
    Rob’s been all around the state for years, and had built relationships with these unions. Schwartz, on the other hand, has been in Washington and in a safe district. She hasn’t been courting them for years, so she’s got no street-cred showing up now.

    Rob isn’t on the air because he simply doesn’t have enough for more than the few weeks in May, prior to the election.

    He’s not nothing on Wolf. He’s probably relying on the endorsements and infrastructure he’s built, and assuming that his message will resonate with voters once he’s on the air.

    Nothing magic here. Basic Tortoise and the Hare strategy.

  7. Still a little confused why rob has the most endorsements and his campaign is stuck in 1st gear all i can think of is he got something real big on wolf i see no commercials from him or Schwartz i think they know something we dont.

  8. These endorsements help if it is a low turnout primary which it will almost certainly be.

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