Press Release: Over 200,000 Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for SenateJune 26 2012
The Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) today announced their endorsement of Chris Murphy to be Connecticut’s next United States Senator. The AFL-CIO represents over 200,000 members of 500 unions throughout Connecticut. The mission of AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families - to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.
The Connecticut AFL-CIO is the state’s largest union federation. "We interviewed the candidates and it was clear to us that the only candidate who understood the issues and struggles of middle class families and workers is Chris Murphy,” said John W. Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. “Our members were very vocal about the importance of supporting Chris Murphy and helping to elect him to the Senate."
“I'm thrilled to have the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. I've stood shoulder to shoulder with working men and women in Connecticut in my work for universal health care, pay equity for women, and stronger Buy American laws. I'm going to be vastly outspent in this campaign, so I'm going to have to win by having more boots on the ground spreading our message. That's what the AFL is all about."
Since announcing his candidacy, Murphy’s campaign has built an unparalleled grassroots coalition that continues to grow every day. He has received the nomination of the Connecticut Democratic Party and been endorsed by the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, National Organization for Women, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the State Council of the Service Employees International Union, the Working Families Party, the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus, the Connecticut Education Association, Connecticut Fire Fighters, United Auto Workers, Connecticut Laborers, the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Communications Workers of America, the League of Conservation Voters, Connecticut’s entire U.S. House delegation, Senator Dick Blumenthal, Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, State Representative William Tong, dozens of state Senators and state Representatives and over 15,000 Democratic and progressive activists from all across Connecticut and former Senatorial candidate Matthew Oakes.