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Champions of Texas Workers: Texas AFL-CIO Endorses Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte


by: Ben Sherman

Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 01:30 PM CST


On Sunday, the political arm of one of Texas' largest unions gave its endorsement to the two Democrats at the top of the ticket. The union, which represents about 240,000 Texas workers, also endorsed Democrat Sam Houston for Attorney General and Mike Collier for Comptroller, among others.

"Political change is in the air in Texas," said Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller in a statement. "With today's endorsement of history-making candidates, the Texas AFL-CIO COPE will be fully geared up to work for a Texas that believes in fair opportunity for everyone, not just an elite few."

See which other candidates Texas AFL-CIO endorsed below the jump.  

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As there's only one party that promotes labor rights, it's not surprising that all of the union's endorsements were for Democrats. Notably, it did not endorse in the Senate race, in which Democrats David Alameel (endorsed by Davis) and El Paso attorney Maxey Scherr are in a primary.

The organization's political arm carries a lot of weight, and its members are very active. During the 2010 campaign, members held a highly publicized event with a double-wide trailer demanding Rick Perry stop wasting taxpayer money on a mansion for himself.

Here's the list of endorsements besides Davis and Van de Putte, via the Texas Tribune:

•    Attorney General - Sam Houston

•    Comptroller - Mike Collier

•    Land Commissioner - John Cook

•    Agriculture Commissioner - Hugh Fitzsimons III

•    Texas Railroad Commission, Place 2 - Steve Brown

•    Texas Supreme Court, Place 1 - Bill Moody

•    Texas Supreme Court, Place 6 - No position

•    Texas Supreme Court, Place 7 - Gina Benavides

•    Texas Supreme Court, Place 8 - No position

•    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 - No position

•    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 - No position

•    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9-No position



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