AFSCME Nearing Clinton Endorsement?

By A'Melody Lee

Oct 23, 2007 3:41pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper and Teddy Davis Report: Citing labor sources, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman is reporting that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will receive the endorsement of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E.) next week.

A.F.S.C.M.E. cannot confirm that the endorsement is going to Clinton.

But the powerful public employees union, which has 1.4 million members, says that it will either go to her — or to no one.

Its search committee is meeting Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Washington, D.C., to determine if they will make a recommendation for a presidential endorsement, and if so, for whom.

The search committee’s report will then go to A.F.S.C.M.E.’s international executive board which will make a final determination on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Washington, D.C. 

A.F.S.C.M.E. says that if Clinton is picked on Wednesday, the union will announce the endorsement on Wednesday — they will not wait until Thursday as suggested by Fineman’s story.

An endorsement of Clinton would be no surprise to anyone who has spoken with AFSCME President Gerald McEntee.

In addition to having been an early supporter of Bill Clinton’s first presidential bid, McEntee has been laudatory about Sen. Clinton’s 2008 White House run.

In a June 14 interview with ABC News, McEntee praised Clinton’s June 3 debate performance in New Hampshire and encouraged her to keep doing what she was doing.

"She looked so presidential up there," said McEntee, "with all these guys in blue suits, and she’s right in the middle and kind of chastising them for knocking one another and not going after Bush."

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