Iowa SEIU Backs Edwards's Candidacy
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has picked up two endorsements that could help him in the states at the front of the Democratic nominating contest, Iowa and New Hampshire. While the Service Employees International Union as a whole decided earlier this month not to back a Democratic contender, the group's state council in Iowa is throwing its support to Edwards, who has long courted labor support for his second presidential run, today. Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, is also backing Edwards and said it would organize on the ground in New Hampshire for the candidate.
Edwards will not be the only candidate getting SEIU support in the next few days; the union's state organizations in Illinois and New York are expected to endorse their home states candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton respectively. But Edwards is expected to get the most state chapters backing him.
In Iowa, Edwards will have the state's 2,000 SEIU members (SEIU nationally has close to 2 million members) rallying for him. And by SEIU rules, the union's members in Illinois who back Obama would not be allowed to campaign in neighboring Iowa, but other state chapters which back Edwards would be able to send organizers to the state.
--Perry Bacon Jr.
Posted at 12:39 PM ET on Oct 15, 2007
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