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Franchot Wins AFL-CIO Backing

Del. Peter Franchot has won the backing of the state's largest labor organization in his uphill bid to unseat Comptroller William Donald Schaefer in the Democratic primary.

The Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO, which claims nearly 300,000 members, voted Monday to endorse Franchot (D-Montgomery) over Schaefer, a former governor and mayor of Baltimore.

Fred Mason, the union's president, said the comptroller is important because he sits on the Board of Public Works, a panel that approves state contracts impacting many jobs.

"We are very excited to have a candidate for that office who we believe, based on past experience and advocacy, will stand up for the working families of Maryland," Mason said in a statement today.

Schaefer spokesman Michael Golden played down the significance of the endorsement.

"Good for Mr. Franchot," Golden said. "Endorsements are nice to have, but really matters is what the voters do on Election Day."

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Good for Mr. Golden! I assume he's going to be sending a resume to Mr. Franchot any day now.....

Posted by: Good for Mr. Golden | April 26, 2006 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to reading more dismissive quotes from Mr. Golden in the coming months.

It doesn't matter that the unknown Peter Franchot is within points of the legendary William Donald Schaefer. It doesn't matter that he was just endorsed by Progressive Maryland, the AFL-CIO, and SEIU local 1199.

I suppose it won't matter when teachers, enviros, women, and a zillion other groups endorse Franchot.

Except on election day.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 26, 2006 8:23 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see a progressive candidate doing well and getting an important endorsement. Congrats to Peter Franchot, kudos for Fred Mason and the MD-DC AFL-CIO: GOOD CHOICE!

Posted by: James Baldridge | April 27, 2006 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I assume this will also come with money, volunteers, GOTV that will all propel Mr. Franchot's name recognition across the state. I think this could be important since you are going to have a lot of angry Democrats coming out in primary (angry over Republicans etc) and they will more likely than not support Mr. Franchot, given Mr. Schaefer's outburts and support for the Republican Governor and Former President Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2006 10:26 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing, in just a few months Franchot has managed to solidify a huge based of institutional support....kudos!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 27, 2006 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think that in a just a few months Schaefer and his asinine behavior has managed to solidify a huge base of support for Franchot.....Thank God!

Posted by: Baltimore voter | April 27, 2006 3:33 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement--whoopee!!!

And the delegate has accomplished what in his years in the legislature?

And he's managed how many bureaucracies in his career?

And his knowledge of tax administration has been demonstrated how exactly?

And, Baltimore voter and others, how much influence in Annapolis do you want Montgomery County to have?

Governor Schaefer has accomplished, managed, demonstrated effective leadership in the Comptroller's office, and has been an independent voice in Annapolis.

Posted by: WDS | April 27, 2006 11:26 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement by the AFL-CIO means what? Perhaps the union and Mr. Franchot could team up to write a book entitled, "In Search of Relevance."

Posted by: mercury | April 28, 2006 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Schaefer hasn't accomplished anything except hand the state over to Ehrlich and his cronies....I never thought I'd miss the Glendenning days so much.

Posted by: LAUGHABLE | April 28, 2006 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Laughable, your name is dead on, since what you say is so laughable. You and your ill-informed kind offer no examples of how Schaefer has handed "the state over to Ehrlich and his cronies." Give examples. You libs are no better than the right wing wackos who repeat lies about Al Gore and Bill Clinton. If you say it often enough it becomes true? Get your head out of your rectum and use it in the way God meant.

Posted by: mercury | April 28, 2006 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I miss the Glendening days too. I wanna see more public officials boning their staff members while their unsuspecting wives are home with the kids. That's why I'm supporting Mayor O'Malley. As for Franchot, I'm not so sure...

Posted by: Manly Man | April 28, 2006 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Right on AFL-CIO! Franchot's the kinda guy we need to look after the interests of the working man. After all, he voted for the electric deregulation bill back in 1999 and look how well that turned out for us.

Posted by: Utility Man | April 28, 2006 10:07 AM | Report abuse

What about Schaefer's flipflop on property taxes! If that didn't STINK of election year smoke and mirrors. "Hey, take $40 dollars off this year and buy yourself something nice, oh but don't be shocked next year when we have to raise user fees because we took countless millions out of the general fund WHILE looking at a budget deficit."

Guess you haven't noticed Mercury, but those are the EXACT sort of cynical policies that people all over the country are fed up with.

Posted by: LAUGHABLE | April 28, 2006 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Laughable, you crack me up. You talk about cynical policies; how about taking a hard look at Mr. Franchot's so-called campaign platform. Look up the word pandering in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of the fey wannabe next to the definition. He says he'll be a comptroller who will support a woman's right to choose; a comptroller who will support meaningful gun control, etc. What does any of that have to do with the comptroller's office? Nothing, but it sure plays well to the chardonnay set.

Posted by: mercury | April 29, 2006 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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