The Note

Congressman Gephardt has no public events today.

Senator Edwards campaigns in New Hampshire.

Senator Lieberman campaigns in Florida .

Congressman Kucinich is in D.C. with no public events.

Reverend Sharpton is in New York City today with no public events.

Ambassador Moseley Braun will attend an endorsement event with IBEW member Mike Fitzgerald in Chicago today.

ABC News Vote 2004: The Invisible Primary: House of Labor: From ABC News' Gayle Tzemach:

What does it mean for Dean to win SEIU's endorsement?

Paul Stokes, president of the union's Local 1984 in New Hampshire says, with only a bit of joke in his voice, "It means you are going to get elected president of the United States. We are the largest union in the AFL-CIO and it opens up a large segment of organized labor to a candidate."

As for Dean winning the endorsement, Stokes said, "Three or four months ago, I don't think anybody would have thought that. Conventional wisdom said it would probably be Congressman Gephardt or Senator Kerry, but Governor Dean has made some great progress."

And maybe he makes some more next week.

In addition to the big SEIU endorsement, look for more endorse-horse-racing next Wednesday when the politically potent American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) executive board members gather in Washington for a specially scheduled endorsement meeting.

Sources close to the union say Dean is looking likely to be the candidate of choice for the 1.4 million-member AFSCME, whose kingmaking credentials were burnished in the 1992 cycle when it came out early for then-Governor Bill Clinton.

General Wesley Clark had been the most recent contender favored to win the backing of AFSCME's Gerry McEntee, who only recently sat down with several candidates, including Congressman Gephardt, but more than one labor official said Clark's decision to skip Iowa and his less-than-energizing performance on the trail thus far led McEntee to cool on endorsing a second Arkansan.

While the original plan called for a December endorsement, a source close to the union says, "they are really trying to wrap this thing up" as the nomination season approaches.

As for whether SEIU and AFSCME — not known for their cordial relations with one another — could work together for the same candidate, a source close to the two unions says it isn't a problem. "This whole thing about (SEIU's Andy) Stern and (AFSCME's Gerry) McEntee is non-existent."

(We bet some in the labor community will beg to differ and we ask you not to flood our inboxes with examples of just how alive the Stern-McEntee tension really is!)

And while labor leaders backing Congressman Gephardt had been hopeful their candidate still had a shot at AFSCME backing, they say they are preparing to move forward with their plans for the pro-Gephardt Alliance for Economic Justice (AEJ). Alliance officials stress their group is not just designed to help the Missouri congressman, but also aimed at advocating issues such as trade and health care dear to their private sector union members.

On Saturday, leaders of the Alliance's 18 unions will gather in Des Moines to talk strategy and lay out plans for its field program.

An official Gephardt endorsement is scheduled for the 15th, also in Des Moines.

Kerry: From ABC News' Kerry campaign reporter Ed O'Keefe:

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