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Gray gets endorsement of labor group

Washington Post editors

The Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, which boasts 150,000 members in the region, voted Monday night to endorse Vincent C. Gray in the mayor's race.

The vote by AFL-CIO leaders and delegates, who represented more than 200 affiliate labor organizations, was unanimous, according to Gray's campaign.

Joslyn N. Williams, president of the Washington Council, said in a statement Tuesday morning that union leaders were proud to back Gray because he has the "broad vision and deep community roots" that "the District needs to come together."

"Working families are the life's blood of our communities and our economy," Gray said in a statement after the vote. "That's why we need a mayor who's focused on creating jobs and opportunities, building a world-class education system and keeping our streets safe."

After sparring with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) over numerous issues in recent years, much of organized labor is widely expected to line up behind Gray. Union leaders will likely give Gray access to hundreds of volunteers and some sophisticated campaign tools that will make it easier for him to try to match the well-funded Fenty in the all-important get-out-the-vote ground game.

-- Tim Craig

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By Washington Post editors  |  May 18, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , vincent gray  | Tags: AFL-CIO, Labor, Vincent C. Gray, Washington D.C.  
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No surprise here. Despite his failings, Fenty remains a threat to the culture of inefficiency, incompetence & corruption in the city workforce; precisely why he gets my vote again.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | May 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

nonsensical2001, Just the opposite. I agree this was no surprise here. Due to his failings, Fenty has threatened the culture of efficiency, has proven to be incompetent & corrupt as the leader of the citys workforce; precisely why he will not get my vote.

Posted by: winston61 | May 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't a surprise at all. When you declare war on the city's workforce, there is no reason to support Fenty and my newest synonyms of corruption are: Skinner, frat bros and Peter Nickles. I didn't vote for Fenty the first time and he has more than convinced me that he won't get it this time either.

Posted by: candycane1 | May 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

nonsensical2001, Fenty is the picture boy for local corruption, but you still want to vote for him. Thanks for make so much sense.

I will not vote for Fenty ever again!! Go GRAY!!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | May 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

nonsensical2001: you decry this endorsement from the AFL-CIO as irrelevant. How soon we forget, it was only 2006 when then candidate Fenty aggressively sought after this endorsement. I come from a proud line of union family members and I can assure you, my father worked 7 days a week and most holidays to raise his family. Inefficiency, incompetence and corruption is customarily a MANAGEMENT phenomenon. Workers seldom have the juice to juice the city. Start at the top then work your way down. In this case, start with Fenty.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@concerenedaboutdc, I agree with you. The Fenty that I voted for, turned out to be a piece of crap. Mr. Gray will get my vote.

Posted by: fivetogo | May 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Unions-That is a great endorsement-Never met a lazier bunch of cretins in my life. Unions do nothing for their members-their stewards take grievance settlements and vacation in the Florida Keys all the while they tell membership not to work so hard, if you don't want to work "file a grievance". Unions=culture of contempt.
Unions were relevant at the turn of the 20th century-before OSHA; now they just prevent an efficient worker from getting the recognition/advancement that he/she deserves at the benefit of the laziest or most senior member.

Unions are anti-evolution; they go against all laws of nature-Unions let the feeble and idiotic decide the outcome for the driven and intelligent.

If Vince Gray gets the union support- You can be sure he is a terrible choice for mayor.

Posted by: civilrightist | May 18, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The Fenty Gray mayor campaigns stands currently:

Fenty is at 30 something percent and his votes will not go any higher. He has no more votes he could farm.

Vince Gray has over 30 something percent.

And another 1/3 will not vote for Fenty what so ever but they don't know Gray and will not make a hasty decision.

Fenty has to surpress Gray's vote and Grays ability to spread his message in order to win. That is a little hard when 1000 union staffers are calling voters.

There are no more votes for Fenty to id. They are not voting for him not because they don't know him...they don't buy it. But he could win with the percentage he has but he will need every bit of his resources to pull it off.

This makes it a little harder when seasoned people are up against Fenty's hired young guns.

Posted by: 411Tibby | May 19, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

civilrightist - sounds like you're on your soapbox with steroids. Were you passed over for a promotion? got the boot without recourse? We (union members and others) have watched what happens when managers like Fenty and Rhee answer to no one - they eliminate employees at their pleasure without respect for their civil rights. Without unions the arrogant and corrupt emasculate the work force for their own benefit. Sounds like "the feeble and idiotic" would best describe your whining. If you represent the opposition Vince Gray has an excellent chance of becoming mayor.

Posted by: lightkeeper | May 20, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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