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AFL-CIO begins push in state races

Sept. 28, 2012 at 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The AFL-CIO, the largest labor group in the United States, plans direct mailings that oppose Republican candidates for governor and senator in key races.

The targets include U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, two senatorial candidates, Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and three candidates for governor -- Rick Hill in Montana, Ovide Lamontagne in New Hampshire and Rob McKenna in Washington -- The Hill reported Friday.

The first mailings are to be sent next week to 180,000 households where at least one person belongs to an AFL-CIO union.

"Working families trust the information they get from their unions," said Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO political director. "This election we're drawing a hard line between those who will stand up for the middle class and those who are throwing them under the bus."

The AFL-CIO, which has endorsed U.S. President Barack Obama for re-election, has more than 50 member unions with millions of members.

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