Firefighters Make it Official
The Virginia Professional Firefighters Association, an influential labor organization, officially endorsed Terry McAuliffe in the Democratic primary for governor today at an event in Richmond.
R. Michael Mohler, the president of the association, said the union trusts McAuliffe to create more jobs as governor and run a vigorous campaign this year that will also help Democrats retake control of the House of Delegates.
"We understand the connection between a strong economy and our jobs," Mohler told about 100 union members, who were wearing yellow "Firefighters for McAuliffe" t-shirts. "We have to turn the power of the legislature over to the Democrats. We intend to take on Bill Howell ....We are going to take him out. The person who can do that is with us today, the person with us today obviously has the financial resources, he's got the network, he's got the vision, he's got the energy to get out the message - its about jobs."
During his speech, McAuliffe pledged to create more jobs and talked about the day he spent working as a firefighter in Fairfax County (see video below).
McAuliffe said he "will never forget" the fire fighters, even suggesting they could call him on his cell phone if he becomes governor.
"This is a big deal," McAuliffe said. "You are here. You are putting your effort behind me. I will be put my effort behind you. I promise you, no one will work harder for you. This is a partnership."
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