Thursday, February 16, 2006

Machinists Union Behind Christine Cegelis In 6th Dist. Race

I was going to post a little something about Christine Cegelis earning the endorsement of the International Association Machinists and Aerospace Workers, but Hiram got the jump on me:
International Association of Machinists Backs Christine Cegelis In The Congressional 6th

This is a big endorsement for Cegelis - the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is a big union with a big local presence in the 6th Congressional District. It means money, boots on the ground and access to 6,000 local members in the 700,000 strong union. Plus, with union airline employees hurting in jobs that paid a decent wage, this may be a highly motivated union membership. It certainly will cause some recalculating about Christine Cegelis' chances in the race.
Christine explained why this endorsement is so important to her and her campaign:
They work here, they live here, and they understand the issues that affect this District. This isn’t a symbolic or long-distance endorsement. It’s my friends and my neighbors and hard-working constituents who deserve better than they’ve been getting from the decision makers in Washington. I couldn’t be more proud. Or more encouraged by the faith they’ve placed in me.
This kind of local, rank and file endorsement puts motivated district residents out on the street getting out the vote. And that face to face, neighbor to neighbor communication and motivation might just edge out the bulk-rate postcards in this race.

Cross-posted at Illinoize

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