The one-upsmanship of endorsement press releases continues, a list of Latino leaders supporting Steve Rothman we posted in the diary below this, and now Labor and infrasructural Democratic endorsements for Bill Pascrell.
At a certain point, you have to wonder whether these endorsement lists are canceling each other out, or even confusing rank & file voters. But to be honest, some of the sturm und drang between proponents of these two Democratic congressmen thrown together by redistricting is playing out at Blue Jersey. So, I trust the Blue Jersey readers will tell us whether this is helpful in their decision or just so much noise.
Endorsing Bill Pascrell:
Michael J. “Jerry” Breslin, Jr., the former Chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization & former Treasurer of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee: I have known Bill Pascrell very well for a number of years. He has always been a great team player. If the roles were reversed, I know that he would not back down from taking on a right wing Republican like Scott Garrett. I am proud to endorse the re-election of Congressman Pascrell.
Mark Roche, president of the Passaic County Building Trades: We’re just beginning to see signs that things are getting better in our economy. That makes it critical for union members and Democrats to stand together. Bill Pascrell has always understood that. He’s a good Democrat that’s fighting for us.
John T. Niccollai, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 464A: Congressman Pascrell is a fighter for labor. He has always stuck by us and we’re ready to stick by him. The best bet for our members is to unite behind Congressman Pascrell because he has always fought for fairness in the workplace and the interests of the middle class. Any time we have ever called him with any kind of a problem he has been there for us immediately.
Below the fold, a list of labor organizations supporting Pascrell, some or all of which were previously released.
Labor organizations supporting Pascrell:
Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council, Mark Roche, President
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 464A, John T. Niccollai, President
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 195, Timothy Rudolph, President
Joining labor organizations that previously announced support:
New Jersey State Building and Constructions Trades Council – Bill Mullen, President
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA)
New Jersey State Association of Pipe Trades – James Kehoe, President
UA Pipefitters Local 274 – John Wende, Business Manager, Financial Secretary-Treasurer
UA Sprinkler Fitters 696 – Kevin Bellew, Business Manager
UA Plumbers Local 24 – Eric Boyce, Business Manager, Financial Secretary
Laborers International Union of North America, Raymond M. Pocino, Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Michael Capelli, Executive Secretary-Treasurer; John Ballantyne, Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Sheet Metal Workers State Council – New Jersey
Sheet Metal Workers Local 25 – Joe Demark, Business Manager
IBEW Local 102 – Patrick Delle Cava, Business Manager
Ironworkers, Local 11, Ray Woodall, Business Manager
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) NJ State Joint Council – Ray Greaves, Chair
ATU Local 819, Benjamin Evans, President/Business Agent
ATU Local 820, Lou Castro, President/Business Agent
ATU Local 821, Earl Hardy, Jr., President/Business Agent
ATU Local 822, Sherman Ariel, President/Business Agent
ATU Local 823, Nancy Spence, President/Business Agent
ATU Local 824, Jack Hill, President/Business Agent
ATU Local 825, Richard Star, President/Business Agent
ATU Local 880, Steve Knestaut, President/Business Agent
National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 120 -Paterson, Don Hill, President