Officials of the Amercan Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for President in the 2016 elections. AFSCME has 1.6 million members. John Wagner and David Weigel have the story in the Washington Post online.
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday won the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a massive public-sector union, adding to her recent momentum in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a statement Friday, AFSCME, which claims 1.6 million members, said its 35-member executive board voted “overwhelmingly” to endorse the former secretary of state based on several factors, including polling that showed nearly two-thirds of union members would vote for Clinton in the Democratic primary.
In a statement Friday following the AFSCME endorsement, Clinton said: “I am proud to stand with public sector workers at the federal, state, county and municipal levels of government. They make this country work.”
Clinton’s latest endorsement comes during a stretch in which she received widely favorable reviews for her first debate performance and emerged unscathed from a marathon Republican-led congressional hearing on Benghazi. Clinton also seems to be the biggest beneficiary, at least in the short run, of Biden’s decision not to seek the presidency.