Donna Edwards breaks with labor, endorses Delaney and labor responds

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Rep. Donna EdwardsEarlier today Maryland Juice reported that Rep. Donna Edwards and Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin had endorsed businessman John Delaney over State Senator Rob Garagiola in the Democratic Primary for the 6th Congressional District. Problem is the AFL-CIO, huge supporters of Donna Edwards, aren’t too happy about it.

Here is an emailed statement from State President Fred G. Mason.

 

MEMO
TO:                  ALL AFFILIATES
FROM:            Fred D. Mason, Jr.
SUBJECT:      CONGRESSWOMAN DONNA EDWARDS
 
LEADERS:
We are greatly disappointed to learn that Congresswoman Donna Edwards came out this morning and endorsed a candidate in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary.
She was well aware of who the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidate is, Rob Garagiola.  She had been asked to endorse Rob Garagiola, and barring that to endorse no one. 
Yet, she chose to endorse someone other than our candidate.  What makes her endorsement so perplexing is that she knows the importance of labors endorsement.  She certainly ‘appeared’ to understand the importance in November of 2011 when we endorsed her re-election at our Convention.  It is widely believed that that endorsement helped stave off a contested primary for her.
By endorsing John Delaney, Congresswoman Donna Edwards has chosen to oppose the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO in its efforts to elect Rob Garagiola to the United States Congress representing Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.  This action on her part will certainly be considered in our future relationships.
While we are disappointed in Congresswoman Edwards’ actions, we will not be dismayed.  We will use her actions as fuel to fire up even greater action and enthusiasm, and increase our efforts to insure victory for Rob Garagiola on April 3, 2012.
For Progress
Fred D. Mason, Jr.
President, MD/DC AFL-CIO
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Rep. Edwards puts herself also at odds, again, with Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-5) who has endorsed Garagiola and been rumored to be pressing representatives Van Hollen and Sarbanes to do the same. Edwards and Hoyer have bunted heads with each other a few other times over the last two years on strategy dealing with the debt negotiations, redistricting, and almost came to a head when after the party lost the majority, Edwards refused to endorse Hoyer’s bid to keep his leadership post against fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Jim Clyburn.
It should come as no surprise that Edwards is not supporting Senator Garagiola since as majority leader in the State Senate he supported a redistricting map she fought hard to oppose.
This is getting interesting…
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One thought on “Donna Edwards breaks with labor, endorses Delaney and labor responds

  1. Delaney is the logical choice, I would have a hard time endorsing a man that took over $15,000 in donations from the family of the guy that owns Ocean Downs and then sponsor a bill supporting that the guy get $1.2 million dollars yearly…. seems funny to me…

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