Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Battle over IBEW

Dan Maffei and Paloma Capanna are battling over endorsements of various IBEW locals in and out of the district:

The battle for union endorsements between Democratic candidates in the 25th Congressional District last week turned into a battle for ELECTRICAL union endorsements, as Dan Maffei announced the support of thousands of electrical workers represented by locals at National Grid and Verizon.


Local 2213 represents about about 1,200 Verizon workers, said John Balduzzi, Maffei’s campaign manager.

Maffei’s announcement of the union’s support was paired with his endorsement by another IBEW Local, Local 97, which represents 5,000 National Grid workers .

Prior to that, the juice flowing through the IBEW in the race to challenge Republican Rep. Jim Walsh had been lighting up Paloma Capanna’s campaign.

The Rochester-area lawyer has the support of Syracuse-based Local 43 and its influential business manager, Bill Towsley. She has also been endorsed by Local 43, which is based well outside the district in Western New York, but represents railroad workers throughout the district. It’s vice president, Joe Milano, is from the Syracuse area, Capanna said.

The article is mistake, though, it meant to say Paloma is endorsed by Local 544, which is based in Western NY.


At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other thing the article fails to mention is that Bill Towsley is a HUGE Jim Walsh supporter. He supported Walsh in almost every past election, and his local gives Walsh campaign contributions.

Capanna is being used by Towsley to try to generate the appearance of a real Democratic primary. In fact, word among the IBEW's is that Towsley was in Washington, DC and met with Wlash the day he came out of nowhere to endorse Capanna. HMMMMMMM.......makes you wonder.

Kudos to the Building Trade Unions who see through Towsley's game and are breaking away to endorse Maffei.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger The Watcher said...

Local 43's HQ is also right across the street for Mark Rupprecht's house.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Orangeman said...

For those of us not in the know....who is Mark Rupprecht?

At 5:46 PM, Blogger The Watcher said...

Mark Rupprecht is the Republican Supervisor of Clay, the biggest town in the district and probably most important swing town in the district. Rupprecht is also a former aide to Walsh.


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