Specter Gets the SEIU Endorsement

Sen. Arlen Specter won an endorsement from the Pennsylvania SEIU in his reelection race against primary opponent Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey.

From the SEIU announcement release:

"SEIU fights for its members so we have a natural kinship with Senator Specter who is well known as a fighter for Pennsylvania," said Eileen Connelly, Executive Director for the SEIU PA State Council. "He's been there for us and now we are proud to be here for him. We have close to 100,000 SEIU members in PA and we are ready to play our part in making sure Senator Specter stays in the US Senate so he can keep working on behalf of Pennsylvania families".

Neal Bisno, President of SEIU Healthcare PA representing 22,000 healthcare workers across the State said: "Senator Specter's key vote for the Economic Recovery Act has provided billions for Pennsylvania. Those funds have helped keep thousands of our members on the job and thus able to help our communities care for those in need."

Labor is big in Pennsylvania politics, but there are many endorsements to be won or lost. Sestak, for his part, has won support from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, plus local Steelworkers and postal unions in the state.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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