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Kevin Spidel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 12:19 PM
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Cegelis lands major union endorsement
Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cegelis lands major union endorsement

CHICAGO -- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents more than 700,000 members, today endorsed Democrat Christine Cegelis for Congress in the hotly contested 6th Congressional District, which includes OHare International Airport, where more than 6,000 IAM members are employed.

She understands what our members have been going through, and shes been supportive all the way, said Rich Delaney, Assistant General Chairman of IAM District 141. Shes been our friend, and we support our friends.

That support, said Delaney, will include more than a financial contribution from the union. Were going to be in touch with every member and every retiree in the District. Were going to let them know that Christine Cegelis understands how bankruptcy laws are protecting corporations and wiping out pensions. How Bushs trade policies are forcing American workers into unemployment. And why we need to elect people to Congress who honestly and vigorously will represent the interests of American workers and families, like Christine Cegelis.

James E. Brown, General Vice President of the IAM Midwest Region, was equally blunt. Were tired of middle-of-the-road, get-along, compromise kind of political decision-making in Washington. He continued, We need people who understand whats happening to working families, and who have the courage and the ideas to change that. Christine is one of those people, and well do everything we can to get her elected.

Cegelis said the endorsement was huge in terms of the impact it will have on voters and voters understanding of the issues in the District. They work here, they live here, and they understand the issues that affect this District, said Cegelis. This isnt a symbolic or long-distance endorsement. Its my friends and my neighbors and hard-working constituents who deserve better than theyve been getting from the decision makers in Washington. I couldnt be more proud. Or more encouraged by the faith theyve placed in me.

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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:31 PM
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1. hi kevin. this is a great one!!
the more i talk to christine, the more i like her. she knows what is going on, she knows the issues inside and out, and she knows who her voters are, and what they care about. she is a winner. (now you just have to figure out how to make an issue out of those diebold machines.)

i am going to try to get out there tomorrow, so get that list of sign deliveries together for me, eh.
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