Gray gets endorsement of labor group
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
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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