Union Group Endorses Jerry McNerney
There’s a huge announcement out of the McNerney camp today. Jerry McNerney was endorsed by the San Joaquin County Central Labor Council (no website, sorry). For those who don’t know, the Central Labor Councils are the local AFL-CIO umbrella groups. There’s a good chance that this endorsement will prompt a lot of other, similar endorsements by Labor, especially within San Joaquin County.
This comes at a very opportune time for McNerney. Margee Ensign is from Stockton, and so San Joaquin County is something of her home turf. Part of her allure has come from the idea that we won’t be able to win unless our candidate is credible in San Joaquin County, which is where more than half of the voters in CA-11 live. By getting this endorsement, McNerney is showing that he can campaign successfully even in Ensign’s hometown. Furthermore, Steve Filson has gotten some important endorsements himself, and from what I hear, he’s even having a big fundraiser in D.C. hosted by some Democratic Party bigwigs. Filson’s biggest asset is his connection to some powerful members of the Democratic Party establishment. McNerney’s biggest asset is his strong grassroots support. Thus, both are playing to their own strengths. We’ll have to see how this plans out, but today is certainly an important day for McNerney and his team.
I’ll update the post when I receive a press release about it. But I wanted to get the info out as soon as I could.