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Malloy snags SEIU endorsement, Pelto snubbed again

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accepts SEIU’s endorsement. (Christine Stuart photo)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accepts SEIU’s endorsement. (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – One of the largest labor unions with 65,000 members threw their support behind Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election bid Wednesday. Labor officials said none of the other gubernatorial candidates asked for the endorsement, except third-party candidate Jonathan Pelto.

Paul Filson, SEIU’s political director, said neither Tom Foley or Sen. John McKinney, the two Republican candidates vying for a chance to challenge Malloy, asked for a questionnaire.

Pelto, who was attacked by SEIU in May, said he requested a questionnaire, but was denied an opportunity to be interviewed by SEIU.

“They decided to go the way of the AFL-CIO and AFT-CT and prohibited me from having any contact with their members,” Pelto said Wednesday. Both unions snubbed Pelto and refused to let him participate in their endorsement process

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2 responses to “Malloy snags SEIU endorsement, Pelto snubbed again”

  1. piberman

    Surprise ! No other CT Governor in recent memory has so ambitiously courted the support of state labor unions both before and after his election. And no other Governor in America granted state employees full job security in response to the Great Recession. Nor a historic tax increase. Come the next election CT residents have the opportunity to re-elect a vigorously pro-union Governor or one who is pro-taxpayers. So far Democratic readers of NON have been withholding their praise for the Governor’s unorthodox fiscal and taxation policies. That looks promising. After all we expect elected officials and state employees to “serve us” not vice-versa.

  2. John Hamlin

    We need to change Connecticut into a right to work state and repeal the right of public employees to collectively bargain on wages against the taxpayers — keep in mind they are bargaining against the taxpayers. Only insane people would invite a group to bargain against them with an arbitration system and a political system stacked against them. Totally insane, and Connecticut has a fiscal crisis to show for it.

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