Release: 34,000 More CT Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for Senate

May 09 2012

34,000 More CT Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for Senate

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 4, joins Team Murphy 


NEW BRITAIN – Today, Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced their endorsement of Chris Murphy to be Connecticut’s next United States Senator. Headquartered in New Britain, Council 4 is comprised of approximately 35,000 employees in state and local government, boards of education and the private sector. 

“The federal budget is a reflection of our priorities as a nation. And our members know Chris Murphy’s priorities are in the right place,” said Sal Luciano, Executive Director of Council 4 AFSCME. “He understands the best way to balance the budget is to create jobs, close corporate tax loopholes and to ensure America's highest earners pay their fair share of federal taxes.”

"Chris Murphy is someone who has never taken Connecticut's citizens for granted. He has worked tirelessly in support of working families, first in the Connecticut Legislature and then as the state's 5th District Congressman,” said Deanna Chaparro, a secretary with the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and; Treasurer of AFSCME Local 538. “I know he will bring that same commitment to the U.S. Senate. I am proud to endorse him with my fellow AFSCME members."

“America's working middle class has sacrificed enough with drastic cuts to services,” said Todd Litchfield Public Safety Dispatcher for the Town of Farmington, President of AFSCME Local 1689. “As a resident of the 5th district, I’ve seen how hard Chris Murphy fights on issues like health care, jobs and regulatory reform. I know he will make an outstanding United States Senator.”

“It’s critical that Connecticut’s public employees have a strong voice in their workplace and in their government,” Murphy said. “I’ve supported that idea throughout my career and will continue to do so in the Senate, to ensure the strength of our public service workforce and the public services we all enjoy. I’m honored to earn the endorsement of Council 4 today and thank their members for their hard work.”  

Since announcing his candidacy in January of 2011, Murphy has continued to build a grassroots campaign across Connecticut that grows stronger by the day. He has received the endorsement of 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 Congressional House delegation, Attorney General George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, dozens of state Senators and state Representatives and over 10,000 Democratic and progressive activists from all across Connecticut.