Why can't Peter Lyman write all Post-Standard articles?
DeWitt Democrat Dan Maffei picked up the endorsement of a large local union Wednesday in support of his bid to unseat nine-term Rep. James Walsh, R-Onondaga.
Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 3,600 health care workers in Walsh's 25th District, was to announce the endorsement Wednesday evening at a meeting of about 70 union delegates at the local's headquarters on Oak Street.
Citing the Bush administration's "aggressive policies against working people," Local 1199 communication coordinator Michael Whyland said Walsh is "so closely allied with President Bush on so many issues" that the union decided to endorse his opponent.
"Dan Maffei has earned our endorsement because he is knowledgeable about a wide range of issues facing working women and men," said Marshall Blake, executive vice president of 1199 SEIU in Upstate New York.
Whyland cited Walsh's recent votes against amendments to raise the minimum wage as a factor in the decision. Walsh did vote in favor of one amendment - to the Labor Department appropriations bill - to raise the minimum wage, but he voted against others.