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Today in campaign news: UAW backs Rudy Hobbs in the 14th, McKenzie gets nod from AFL-CIO

by: Eric B.

Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM EDT

(Another pretty significant endorsement today. There's rumors of a third that I'm looking in to. - promoted by Eric B.)

*--The releases are saying just what's in the headline. Rudy Hobbs' campaign is announcing that it has been endorsed by the UAW.

*--Lil' Fella is up in the latest poll -- up by 20 points -- in the 3rd Congressional District.

*--Update! ... Bobby McKenzie's campaign has announced that it has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO.

*--Update2! ... Brenda Lawrence's campaign announced this morning that it received the endorsement of the Police Officers Association of Michigan.

Eric B. :: Today in campaign news: UAW backs Rudy Hobbs in the 14th, McKenzie gets nod from AFL-CIO
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Zach Gorchow has an interesting blog post related to this topic today:
"The general sense in this race is that Mr. Hobbs is playing catch-up in name recognition. And unlike Mr. Ellis, Mr. Hobbs has not had the kind of fundraising success that would allow him to air television advertisements.

"So Mr. Hobbs will be relying heavily on these major Democratic groups to get the word out to their members, go door-to-door on his behalf, pay for mailings and overwhelm the Clarke and Lawrence camps with superior organization.

"There are times when candidates boast a long list of endorsements, but the only real impact is that it looks pretty on a mailer because those organizations are doing little to make the endorsement meaningful."


Great Lakes, Great Times.

Jeremy Moss also nabs UAW Region 1 endorsement
A couple notes:

1. They're endorsing kind of late this year - there have been times when they would endorse earlier in the spring, rather than just 49 days before the primary.

2. The UAW's endorsement of Jeremy Moss - along with other endorsements he's received - demonstrates a positive shift in which the establishment is backing young, LGBT candidates. This is a very refreshing development - for a whole host of reasons.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

Districts 11 and 5
Does anyone know who earned the UAW endorsement in District 11? (Gregory, Lipton, or Barnett).

I know David Knezek posted he received the endorsement of UAW in the campaign for the 5th Senate District.

In my mind the 11th and 5th (Knezek, David Nathan, Stallworth, and Shanelle Jackson) are the two most competitive primaries for Dems in Senate races, followed closely by the 4th (Virgil Smith and Rashida Tlaib).

In any case, it will be interesting to see who will be moving on to the Senate and who will either be trying for something else down the road or who might be out of state politics.  

There seems to be a trend this year
for UAW Region 1 to dual endorse candidates in the same state legislative primary, which is different than what I recall of past election cycles.

According to the candidates' social media posts, for example, it appears more than one candidate in the primary for Ellen Cogen Lipton's open 27th district state house seat received the Region 1 endorsement.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

[ Parent ]
The UAW abstained from endorsing in the 11th
And with them on the sidelines, the rest of the Michigan AFL-CIO (with fewer members combined than the UAW) was able to make a separate endorsement.

Basically it means far less for Bobby than grabbing both the AFL-CIO AND UAW nods does for Rudy.

It makes for a nice list on Bobby's lit (Longshoremen! Iron Workers!), but the likelihood that it translates to votes is, at best, unclear.

And of course, now we have MIRS reporting that Bobby's voting record is very spotty. He may have voted in Michigan in 2010 (when he was between jobs and getting by as an adjunct at Wayne State), and possibly in Virginia in 2012, but aside from that...nada.

This of course was after McKenzie's campaign  attacked Dr. Anil Kumar for not having voted in 2008 or 2012, and went on to list Kumar's handful of donations to Republicans over the years, which were offset by his many contributions to Gary Peters (who represented the old 9th where Kumar's medical practices were located) and a few more recent donations to Democratic organizations and candidates like Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Compared to them, Nancy Skinner was able to proudly say that she's voted in every election going back to her days in Illinois, even off-year races.

What makes worse for Kumar and McKenzie is that the same MIRS reporter also dug up the voting record of the LaRouche crazy in the 11th District race, Bill Roberts -- and his voting record is better than BOTH of them.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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