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Unions Help Deeds With More Than Money

Anita Kumar

We told you today about how much money labor unions are pouring into Democrat Creigh Deeds's bank account, but that's not all they're doing.

The AFL-CIO has started making recorded calls to potential voters on Deeds's behalf. Calls are being made in Richmond, and possibly other locations across the state.

Here is the script:

Hello. This is Julie calling from the AFL-CIO with important information about the upcoming election for governor.

Creigh Deeds is the only candidate for governor who has a track record of standing up for our working families. He supported a plan to invest federal resources to create jobs and help turn around our economy. And Deeds voted to help workers by accepting $125 million in federal aid for Virginia's unemployed workers.

Bob McDonnell opposed resources to protect our jobs and failed to support aid for recently laid-off workers. That's why the AFL-CIO has endorsed Creigh Deeds for governor. Our working families can't afford Bob McDonnell. Vote Creigh Deeds for governor Nov. 3.

The calls, being made by the national AFL CIO, give residents a Washington address to contact for more information.

Jim Leaman, president of the Virginia AFL-CIO, which has 150,000 members in the state, said his group supports Deeds because of his legislative record, particularly when it comes to unemployment benefits and workers compensation.

Specifically, he cited, Deeds' desire to accept $125 million in federal stimulus money for unemployed Virginians and support of longtime labor leader Daniel LeBlanc who Gov. Tim Kaine nominated to serve in his Cabinet. He said Republican Bob McDonnell opposed accepting the stimulus money and did not speak up for LeBlanc -- who was eventually rejected by Republican legislators.

"I think both candidates are on different ends of spectrum,'' Leaman said.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 17, 2009; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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