The Endorsement Roll
April 21st, 2009
Mayor Michael Bloomberg released another endorsement this morning from the Office and Professional Employees International Union — his second union endorsement and the 68th he has received for his re-election bid.
Those 68 include elected officials, unions, community and religious leaders and groups.
The latest video endorsement (which have become a staple of the campaign so far) from the OPEIU says that the members wanted to endorse Bloomberg for a third term because crime rates are down, he practiced fiscal responsibility and he brought private sector jobs into the five boroughs (the full video endorsement is available after the jump).
So far, the mayor’s major competitor, Comptroller William Thompson, appears to have garnered only one public endorsement from Assemblymember Peter Rivera of the Bronx. When we asked the Thompson campaign for a reaction to another Bloomberg endorsement, spokesperson Anne Fenton sent over the following:
ď$100+ million dollars buys a lot of campaign ads and endorsements but New Yorkers cannot afford another 4 years of Mike Bloomberg. Bill Thompson is proud of the support that he has received from working families throughout the City who want change, new leadership, real results and a mayor who understands the needs of all New Yorkers.”
By Courtney Gross on April 21, 2009, 3:38 pm
Though Thompson is light on the endorsements, he has beefed up his campaign staff (Fenton is not the only recent addition) and has been floating from political club to political club, rolling out his stump speech that focuses on his connection to the city’s middle class, his public service experience and the term limits debate.
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