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March 15, 2011 12:36 AM UTC

Did Mejia Bury the AFSCME Endorsement?

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  • by: EDat5284

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After glowing praise from Dean Singleton early last week I was really curious to see where the major unions would come down on Mejia – a couple other people were too.

Dean Singleton may very well be the biggest union buster in Colorado. So when the Mejia campaign sent an email gloating Singleton’s backing I figured they could kiss all Union endorsements goodbye. This is a logical conclusion, right?

Turns out I was wrong – AFSCME endorsed Mejia late last week. I still didn’t believe it, and so I checked Mejia’s website, Facebook Page, and googled “AFSCME Mejia.” Nothing could be found. But still, the grapevine keeps saying that AFSCME endorsed Mejia. Again, this is weird, right?

When the Teamsters endorsed Hancock it was quickly made public.

Same for when the firefighters endorsed Romer.

Is the AFSCME endorsement being buried, or has the grapevine lead me astray?

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5 thoughts on “Did Mejia Bury the AFSCME Endorsement?

  1. James Mejia and the campaign are proud to have the support of AFSCME among many others. The support of City & Municipal Employees, many of whom know James from his time working for Mayors Webb & Hickenlooper is a welcome addition to the others supporting his campaign for Mayor.

    Regarding the timing of any announcement, AFSCME notified candidates Friday afternoon (late into the day heading into the weekend) and, out of respect for their organization and their intention to notify other candidates prior to a public announcement, our campaign did not think it appropriate to send out a release before they had done so or before it had been confirmed that everybody they wanted to notify had been contacted.

    We were disappointed to learn over the weekend that rather than focus energy on sharing their own vision for creating jobs and bringing people together to solve the challenges Denver faces, some chose to make calls and to send emails attempting to drive a wedge between working families and the business community. James Mejia believes there is a seat at the table for everybody if they are interested in creating jobs in Denver.

    We congratulate Mr. Romer on his endorsement from the firefighters, Mr. Hancock on his endorsement from Teamsters and are proud to have the support of AFSCME along with many business leaders, small business owners and thousands of people from all walks of life across Denver.

    We expect each campaign to continue to work to earn the support of a wide range of people and will be sending out statements and/or holding press conferences over the weeks ahead as James earns the support of additional people and organizations.

    1. I also had heard of the AFSCME endoresmnent before this, but I’m not following the mayoral race closely enough to care or to notice that it was not publically broadcast.

  2. So, my question is how is Dean Singleton going to reconcile his deep and abiding hatred of unions and collective bargaining with the AFSCME-endorsed-Mejia?  With Wisconsin Union Watch ’11, it would be hard to believe that AFSCME’s endorsement was about anything other the maintenance and expansion of collective bargaining.  

  3. may have said glowing things about Mejia so far, but the Post endorsement is not in yet.  This could keep Mejia from getting the Post endorsement.

    Having said that, how important is that endorsement?

    How important is the AFSCME endorsement compared to that?

    The AFSCME endorsement is important only if it means money and foot soldiers for the campaign.  If not….

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