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PA-Sen: McGinty Wins USW Endorsement

Katie_McGintyThe race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate is on.

One day into her campaign for U.S. Senate, Katie McGinty has her first major endorsement.

The United Steelworkers are backing McGinty to replace GOP Sen. Pat Toomey next November, making a “rare exception” to support Gov. Tom Wolf’s former chief of staff before the Democratic primary in May.

“Pat Toomey is out of touch with the hard working citizens of this Commonwealth, and we see McGinty as a fresh voice for workers capable of cutting through the D.C. gridlock,” USW District 10 Director Bob McAuliffe said.

The USW will run a “full-scale campaign operation” to support McGinty in her race against former Congressman Joe Sestak, which will highlight Toomey’s “extremist views” against McGinty’s “common sense approach” to the problems facing working families in PA.

“The USW is proud to endorse Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate,” USW International President Leo W.Gerard said. “She has been a tireless advocate for workers’ rights and protections. Pennsylvania needs an honest, hard-working senator with high ethics and principled positions to represent us in Washington, and Katie is the right person at the right time.”

Not a bad start for the former DEP Secretary and Clinton White House official.

8 Responses

  1. Gotta love it when union thugs endorse candidates who would like to put them out of business.

  2. The entire article explains what is different about Tommey and McGinty. Her first race is against Sestak. By what criteria did the USW pick MecGinty, in the same week she entered the race, over Sestak, who has been stumping against Toomey for a year? Inquiring Dem Primary voters should demand to know.

  3. It’s early in the game for an endorsement. What are they thinking? Anyone can jump in the race.

  4. I followed the McGinty gubernatorial campaign pretty closely, saw her speak many times. Reviewing her resume, I do not see where she was a tireless advocate for workers’ rights & protections. That is not her professional background. I guess the steelworkers are in bed with the frackers, so this endorsement makes sense. McGinty is part of the Clinton machine & that is the reason she was recruited to run.

  5. If you are in the 1%, Toomey may seem attractive. Otherwise, why would you support someone who has voted to give tax breaks to hedge fund managers while voting to defund women’s health care and to eliminate universal health care? He opposes alternative energy, doesn’t believe in climate change, has opposed same-sex marriage, and his idea of education reform is to push for prayers in school.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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