Thursday, August 10, 2006

More Blunders from Team Sweeney

Poststar.com noticed how out of it Sweeney is today. After Sweeney tried to dis the recent union endorsements Gillibrand picked up, Sweeney Spinners carried on with their more-lies-as-usual re-election effort:

There's some irony here.

...Sweeney campaign spokeswoman Maureen Donovan said in the prepared statement. "Both unions rarely, if ever, endorse a Republican. They go rank and file with Democrats every step of the way."

Moments later, NYSUT issued a separate press release endorsing re-election bids of five area Republican state legislators. ...

These endorsements mean Sweeney has again lost former supporters. Here is the story the PS published on Kirsten Gillibrand's new endorsements.

...The many endorsements coming her way indicate the tide is changing, Gillibrand said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "I think labor has moved away from him because of his lack of support for labor issues," she said.

"We think she has a shot," said Gregory Gorea, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local One, which represents supermarket workers.

Two area unions that endorsed Gillibrand on Wednesday split from their national affiliate organizations.

Amalgamated Transit Workers Union, which represents Capital District Transportation Authority drivers, endorsed Gillibrand, even though its national organization previously contributed $5,000 to Sweeney in the current election cycle.

"Since we endorsed Kirsten, there will be no more money going to Congressman Sweeney," said Steve Green, the local union president. The national union has now contributed $2,500 to Gillibrand, and will be contributing more, he said.

The national Sheetmetal Workers International Union has contributed $4,000 to Sweeney's campaign, but the local organization also endorsed Gillibrand on Wednesday.

Other new labor endorsements for Gillibrand include the following: National Federation of Federal Employees, Communication Workers of America, International Association of Machinists, Office & Professional Employees International Union, United Auto Workers, United University Professors, Public Employees Federation. ...

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