I have received a press release from the Kissell campaign and there is good news. He has received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the NCAE, the North Carolina Association of Educators.
While it isn't unexpected for a progressive to earn either endorsement it is a huge feather to receive it so early in the campaign. Both endorsements will probably be followed with PAC contributions to the campaign.
Kissell: "My campaign is on the move. In just a few months we've gone from an upstart grassroots campaign to a well oiled machine that is hitting on all eight cylinders."
Rest on the flip side...
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is an organization made up of local unions from across North Carolina. According to their website, the AFL-CIO unites workers together at a statewide level, giving working people a stronger voice on issues that affect them and their families.
"The AFL-CIO and I stand shoulder to shoulder against the bad trade deals that are devastating North Carolina's economy. The difference between me and Robin Hayes is that he cast the deciding vote to pass CAFTA and I'm for a moratorium on all trade deals until we get back the jobs we've already lost,"
The NCAE has more than 70,000 members consisting of educators, administrators, education support personnel, students and retired teachers . NCAE has 130 local units in public school districts, special State schools, and institutions of higher education.
"As a high school teacher, I know the struggles public schools are facing today. Republicans like Robin Hayes are out of touch. Their 'No Child Left Behind Act' is so bad that they cut funding to it. When I'm elected I will vote to fix 'No Child Left Behind' and get back to common-sense public education. Smaller classes, more technology in the classroom and reasonable funding is what our children need in order to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st century,"
Congratulations to Larry and all those working so hard to help send him to Washington. These endorsements are very important, especially in the 8th District.