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Mongiardo claims union "upset" in Conway's backyard

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

In what the Daniel Mongiardo U.S. Senate campaign is calling a "stunning upset" in Jack Conway's hometown,  Louisville’s Central Labor Council has voted to endorse Mongiardo in the Democrat primary.

According to the campaign, Mongiardo received 76% of the votes cast from delegates representing 17 labor unions and more than 28,000 workers in the Metro area.

"I know it took courage to publicly stand with me in my opponent’s home town,"Mongiardo said in a statement.

Jack Conway has union support from the United Food and Commercial Workers, Teamsters, and the Jefferson County Teachers Association.  All told, the Conway camp says the unions represent about 100,000 Kentuckians.

In addition to the latest endorsement, Mongiardo's union support includes the Kentucky United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, International Union of Operating Engineers in Henderson, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Owensboro Area Building Construction and Trades Council, Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council and Western Kentucky Area Central Labor Council.

Here's the Mongiardo release:


Mongiardo Wins Support of
Louisville’s Central Labor Council

Pulls off Stunning Upset in Conway’s Hometown

Greater Louisville Central Labor Council Votes
to Recommend State AFL-CIO Endorse Mongiardo

FRANKFORT – The Greater Louisville Central Labor Council (GLCLC) voted overwhelmingly on Saturday afternoon to officially recommend to the Kentucky State AFL-CIO that it endorse Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo in the Kentucky Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate. 

Upon learning of the Louisville labor group’s recommendation, Mongiardo said, “While I consider many members of the Central Labor Council as friends, I know it took courage to publicly stand with me in my opponent’s home town.  I am humbled by labor’s support because their action demonstrates they trust me to stand up and fight for them – to put the interests of Kentucky’s working families and small businesses on Main Street ahead of Washington establishment politics and Wall Street. I will be a Senator who puts the interests of Kentucky working families first.”

Louisville’s Central Labor Council is widely considered one of the most politically powerful and influential labor organizations in the Louisville-Metro area.  Mongiardo’s stunning upset gives him a momentum boost in his effort to pick up more labor endorsements going forward; but more importantly, it gives Mongiardo a huge boost in Jefferson County where Conway must win overwhelmingly.  Mongiardo’s strong showing Saturday suggests that Conway may be more vulnerable in his home town and the state’s largest city than many political observers and pundits first thought.

Mongiardo received 76% of the votes cast from delegates representing 17 labor unions and more than 28,000 working men and women in the Louisville-Metro area. 

While Mongiardo has won broad labor support from every region of the Commonwealth, Conway has yet to win the endorsement of a single labor union not headquartered in his hometown of Louisville.

In addition to the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, Mongiardo has also won either the endorsement or the official recommendation for endorsement from the Western Kentucky Central Labor Council, the Owensboro Area Building & Construction Trades Council, the Tri-State Building & Construction Trades Council and Kentucky Machinists.  Mongiardo has received statewide endorsements from the UA – Pipe Trades, Laborers, Electrical Workers and Operating Engineers.