WILTON, Conn -- One of the state’s largest labor unions with 65,000 members, the Service Employees International Union is throwing its support behind Democratic challenger for state representative, Keith Rodgerson, in the 143rd District representing Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.
“Rep. Gail Lavielle’s activism on behalf of WalMart as their former spokesperson was noted nationally for its aggressive tone towards small businesses," said Paul Filson, SEIU director.
"As a prior member of ALEC, serving on its education task force, her legislative enthusiasm for model legislation from that organization, NFIB and other Koch-affiliated organizations has placed her completely out-of touch with the needs of her residents and the Connecticut economy. Rodgerson has deep roots in Connecticut and will be a trusted advocate for its residents and businesses.”
Rodgerson commented on accepting the endorsement.
“I am humbled by this endorsement and do not take lightly the importance of our service and healthcare workers," said Rodgerson. "They are on the front lines against the spread of Ebola, school safety, and play a critical role in the care of our seniors.”
This endorsement adds to an already diverse amount of support for Rodgerson’s candidacy, from various constituencies including teachers, social workers, health care workers, public employees and property services employees.
“It is very gratifying to get support from so many different areas of our economy," said Rodgerson.
"This illustrates why I’m running for office in the first place: in her four years in Hartford, our current representative hasn’t been as successful as she says she’s been. When you introduce over 100 bills to the General Assembly and have none pass in four years, that results in a liability for our district. As somebody who would come to Hartford with a fresh perspective, I can be a better advocate for Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton.”
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