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AFSCME Endorses Jeff Harris in Democratic Attorney General primary

November 1st, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Contact Jeff Mazur at 573.635.9145

Jefferson City – The Missouri council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) today endorsed the Attorney General candidacy of Representative Jeff Harris, calling him “a true friend to Missouri’s middle-class families and a strong, vocal leader of the opposition to the failed anti-health care, anti-worker agenda of Matt Blunt and the Missouri GOP.”

“For three years, Missourians have suffered at the hands of a Governor and a legislative majority who have reduced access to health care and made life more difficult for working people. As Democratic leader in the Missouri House, Jeff Harris led the opposition to the morally repugnant and backwards policy pushed by the Blunt GOP,” said AFSCME political director Jeff Mazur.

“Harris will be a worthy and able successor to the office served so proudly for four terms by Attorney General Nixon,” added Mazur.

“As a union leader, I’m confident that Jeff Harris will be an Attorney General whose focus will always be on helping our families. He’ll stand up for those of us who’ve taken a beating on Matt Blunt’s watch and who break our backs every day just trying to get by,” said Mike Palmer, President of AFSCME Local 1324 at Fulton State Hospital.

Harris’s endorsement comes at the conclusion of a process by which AFSCME local union leaders from across Missouri reviewed the legislative records of candidates and interviewed the candidates in person. Members of the endorsement panel were impressed with each of the Democratic hopefuls, but identified Jeff Harris as the candidate who would fight the most aggressive campaign against those who have pushed Missouri in the wrong direction for the past several years.

“With Jeff Harris we’ve found a candidate who is willing to fight as aggressively as our members are for what we know is right,” Palmer said, “and public employees everywhere should be proud to stand with him.”

AFSCME’s Missouri state council is constituted of 28 local unions in all corners of the state. AFSCME represents thousands of employees of the state of Missouri, as well as thousands more county and municipal workers across Missouri, and 1.4 million workers nationwide.

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