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SEIU endorses Baker in Prince George's

Jonathan Mummolo

Prince George's County executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III (D) got another clutch endorsement this week, this time from the regional chapter of the Service Employees International Union, a massive health care union whose members include employees of the troubled Prince George's County Hospital system.

"We need a champion like Rushern Baker to help rebuild our economy and move more families into the middle class," said Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Capital Area President, Jamie Contreras, in a statement released by the Baker campaign. "Men and women who work hard but struggle to get by can count on Rushern to ensure our tax dollars only support the creation of good-paying jobs."

According to the campaign's news release, SEIU is, "The Washington region's fastest growing union representing over 45,000 members in the areas of health care, public services, education, and the nonprofit sector."

Last fall, union employees who work for the county hospital protested outside the County Administration Building after County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) cut promised funding to the system by $3 million, in order, he said, to close a budget gap left by reductions in state aid.

Baker was also named among the candidates to receive an "early endorsement" from the group Progressive Maryland, the group announced Wednesday. According to the group's news release, it has "15,000 individual members and supporters as well as dozens of organizational affiliates," and "is the strongest pro-worker advocacy group in the state."

Baker has been on a roll with endorsements. Early this year, he dealt a blow to his rival, County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson (D), by snagging the endorsements of two out of three key local law enforcement unions.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 19, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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SEIU is the real deal. They win races. Like the whoopin' they put on Al Wynn.

Posted by: PGDEM | May 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Baker team is has dominated the press coverage in Post this week. The only time you hear from the other camps is in articles about Baker.

Posted by: Whatisthepointagain | May 19, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's a big deal. So is Progressive Maryland. I wouldn't be surprised if they field a canvassing team in Prince George's County.

Posted by: Hellmut | May 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

SEIU endorses Loan Shark for county executive. The truth about Baker here:

County executive takes $1M in loans from one man and still loses 2 contests for county executive.

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | May 19, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

SEIU bused thousands of employees to the personal home of an employee of Bank of America and proceeded to scream and shout on the property of this gentleman. The only person home at the time was a 14-year old boy who became so afraid that he hid in the bathroom and called his father who was at a ballgame with another, younger son.

SEIU scared this child to death for hours outside his home, chanting rotten verbage against this child's father. OMG! Where were the reporters?

Because of Barack Obama and his thugs at SEIU, reporters dared not report this mafia-type seige and harrassment of a young child.

Except one brave reporter, Nina Easton of Fortune Magazine dared to report what she saw and heard. Then, as punishment, SEIU thugs came to Nina Easton's home and harrassed she and her husband and their small child, much as they had done to the gentleman from Bank of America.

SEIU is in bed with Barack Obama and has become the White House Mafia.


Posted by: prossers7 | May 20, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Did you read what SEIU said? We need this guy to move more families into the middle class. On who's money, fool? The money you are taking away from hard working people? SEIU believes in theiving monies from people who work their bodies to the bone to make a good living for their own families. Yes, indeed. SEIU wants all that money to give to people who won't work so that we can all be equal, don't you know. Redistribution of wealth. Communism. You will not succeed.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 20, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

SEIU attacked a private home in MD. These brown shirts were abetted by DC police. The Post is nowhere to be found.

Posted by: jy151310 | May 25, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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