AFL-CIO decides to ‘co-endorse’ Frankel and Jacobs in Dem congressional primaryby George Bennett | June 5th, 2012
Frankel is the heavy favorite in the primary, so the fact she’s sharing the labor endorsement is at least a moral victory for underdog Jacobs.Each candidate issued a statement on Monday touting the AFL-CIO endorsement and offering no clue that her rival had been similarly endorsed.
Said Frankel: “I am honored to have the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the thousands of working families they represent. As a member of Congress, I will be a tireless advocate for them.”
Said Jacobs: “I’m honored to have the support of working families from across the state. I have fought for working families throughout my career in Broward County and when I’m elected to Congress I won’t forget where I came from. I will continue to stand up for working families and bring people together to create good-paying jobs and strengthen the public education system.”
District 22 includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO recommended Frankel while the Broward AFL-CIO recommended Jacobs. At the state convention last weekend in Orlando, delegates voted unanimously to go with a co-endorsement, said Rich Templin, the state AFL-CIO’s legislative and political director.
“The delegates were looking at two very good candidates that each in their own right have done a lot for the working people in their communities,” Templin said.
The winner of the Frankel-Jacobs primary will face Republican Adam Hasner.
The Florida AFL-CIO consists of about 650 affiliated unions with about 500,000 employees, including teachers and state and muncipal employees and various building trades.