Perlmutter Announces CEA Endorsement

As Colorado Pols first reported yesterday, Democrat Ed Perlmutter has received the endorsement of the CEA. Click below for the full press release…

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(Golden) ? Today, Ed Perlmutter, Democratic candidate for Colorado?s 7th Congressional District, announced that the Colorado Education Association (CEA) officially endorsed his campaign for change.

The CEA represents 37,000 teachers and public school employees across Colorado working every day to educate more than 800,000 public school children.

CEA President Ron Brady said, ?The Colorado Education Association is pleased to recommend Ed Perlmutter to our members and to the voters in the 7th Congressional District. ?Throughout his political career, Ed has demonstrated his commitment to public education and to Colorado?s children.? That on-going commitment, coupled with his clear understanding of the federal issues affecting Colorado?s school children and school employees, makes Ed Perlmutter the obvious choice to represent us in Washington.?

A product of Jefferson County Public Schools himself and with three daughters having attended Jefferson County public schools, Ed Perlmutter knows the challenges facing educators and students today. ?A long-time advocate for public schools, Ed led the charge in 2004 to increase funding for public schools in Jefferson County, which has helped to fund renovations and expansions of 26 schools.?????

?While public school teachers like my sister work everyday to educate Colorado?s future, Washington ties their hands, limits their resources and imposes unfunded mandates,? said Perlmutter, former President Pro Tem of the Colorado Senate.? ?More than anyone, teachers recognize the need for change in Washington, and I?m honored they?ve chosen me to carry their fight for quality public schools to Congress.?

Perlmutter adds the CEA to a growing list of key endorsements including the Colorado AFL-CIO, American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Colorado Credit Union League.

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13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ed@edu.edu says:

    I congratulate Ed on the CEA endorsement… Now we can be reassured that he’ll either waffle on educational issues or he’ll assure your kid has no choice in schools, no accountability, no standards, no performance measures that might lead to any hint of competition and thus better outcomes for the customers (kids).

  2. True Funk Soldier says:

    Stop the presses! I heard there’s a new poll out showing Peggy Lamm has the overwhelming support of masochists in and around Jeffco! In an effort to rally this support, she even tried to crucify herself… The attempt was almost successful, but she was unable to drive in the last stake without any assistance.

  3. Glock 19 says:

    I are reel happy to see Ed got them CEA folks to endorse him.  I got ejucated at a publik skool and I turned out reel good.

  4. the war matters says:

    Peggy worked hard to keep Labor and the Teachers from endorsing Ed. Peggy still is under investigation from the Jefferson County DA. Ed Perlmutter supports the Murtha Resolution while Peggy is silent.
    At least Pols got it right this time about who a group was endorsing.

  5. RockSolidForEDU says:

    Smart move for the CEA.  They already know that Peggy will support their positions in Congress, and they threw out this endorsement to try and get Ed a little further away from his pro-voucher stance.  While Peggy’s a rock-solid vote for education issues, I bet Ed had to do some quick double-speak for this endorsement.

    Ultimate impact on the primary: almost nill.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The CEA has been steadily losing credibility over the last 10 years and hasn’t had a major impact on an election since Romer.  The teachers in CD7 know who will really go to bat for them, and it’s not Ed Perlvoucher.

  7. RubyBlue says:

    So do you speak for Peggy when you say they’re not a significant organization? 

    It seems that every time Ed racks up an endorsement there’s a somebody on here claiming that particular organization doesn’t matter.  Which organizations do matter for this election?

    Frankly I don’t think we’d be hearing comments like this if they’d gone another way.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think Peggy is fully capable of speaking for herself, RubyBlue.  And I think that most people in Democratic politics know just how effective and important the CEA is – especially this cycle.

  9. RubyBlue says:

    So you’re saying Peggy wouldn’t have liked to recieve that endorsement?

    I hope you’re kidding, because everybody is laughing.

  10. Testing says:

    Frankly, Justin, you make me believe that Donny the overzealous Holtzman intern has switched parties.  You’re in serious need of growing up.

  11. wagtheblog says:

    Um, am I the only one that is confused? This doesn’t seem like an endorsement of the CEA.  Instead, it looks like merely a recommendation by the board of the CEA that its members should vote to endorse Ed.  I’m not a member of the CEA, but I can only assume that an endorsement doesn’t happen until the MEMBERS of the CEA vote to endorse Ed.  Until then, this “endorsement” is not; rather, it is a recommendation.

  12. w0nderm0nkey says:

    wagtheblog:
    I don’t know how much clearer this can be (from the official campaign press release):
    Today, Ed Perlmutter, Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, announced that the Colorado Education Association (CEA) officially endorsed his campaign for change.

    Sure that’s the campaign saying it, but you don’t go making claims like that if the group in question has not, in fact, “officially endorsed” you. I think the CEA would have something pretty strong to say about it if they hadn’t actually endorsed the candidate.

    I think the quote you’re confusing is this:
    CEA President Ron Brady said, “The Colorado Education Association is pleased to recommend Ed Perlmutter to our members and to the voters in the 7th Congressional District.  Throughout his political career, Ed has demonstrated his commitment to public education and to Colorado’s children.  That on-going commitment, coupled with his clear understanding of the federal issues affecting Colorado’s school children and school employees, makes Ed Perlmutter the obvious choice to represent us in Washington.”

    They’re not recommending Ed just to CEA members, they’re recommending that voters in general support him. The organization has endorsed him.

  13. Bush is Great says:

    Taxes are now GUARANTEED to go up in the 7th if Eddie wins.

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