AFSCME Endorses Critz over Altmire

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Continuing his long-running labor endorsement trend, Congressman Mark Critz today announced that he received the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  AFSCME Council 13 has 65,000 members in Pennsylvania.

Critz is running against Congressman Jason Altmire in the 12th Congressional District and has been running on a labor and trade strategy in hopes of staging a come from behind victory.

This most recent endorsement marks the 15th that Critz has received from labor unions and other labor organizations in the race for the 12th Congressional District seat. AFSCME Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman said that they endorsed Critz over Altmire because he has the strongest record on job creation and supporting policies that strengthen the middle class.

“Mark Critz is fighting in Congress to protect and create jobs for working Pennsylvanians,” Fillman said. “AFSCME proudly endorses Mark Critz for Congress because he has always been there when working men and women needed him.”

Reacting to the endorsement, Critz said that “AFSCME’s endorsement means a great deal to me personally and is a major boost to my campaign.  We are receiving the overwhelming majority of labor support in this race because they know that working men and women can count on me to fight for jobs and stand up for the middle class by supporting policies that benefit the 99% of Americans – not just the wealthy.”

It is safe to expect that the 15 labor endorsements that Critz has received so far will show up in his new ads in the Pittsburgh and Johnstown media markets where Critz has purchased close to $600,000 in commercials leading up to the April Primary Election.

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Jake Sternberger is a recovering/relapsing political professional who has been a contributor to Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger covers campaigns and elections for KP, drawing from his experience working on local, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, oppo, comms, and as CM. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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