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Communications Workers of America endorses Patrick Murphy for general election

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate seat in 2016

Richard Graulich / AP/The Palm Beach Post

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate seat in 2016



The Communications Workers of America is endorsing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy now that he's the Democrats' official general election contender for Florida's U.S. Senate seat.

Last spring -- during the primary phase of the campaign -- the union had endorsed Murphy's main Democratic opponent, fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson

The CWA had represented a rare, major endorsement for Grayson, but Murphy beat him easily in the Aug. 30 primary.

The union represents more than 700,000 workers -- including 12,000 in Florida -- across various fields, such as information technology, telecommunications, news media, health care, manufacturing and the airline industry.

CWA leaders plan to announce their "full support" of Murphy's campaign at a 9 a.m. press conference Monday in West Palm Beach. Murphy has represented northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in Congress since 2013.

"Patrick is the leader that our hardworking CWA members need in the U.S. Senate and we are proud to endorse his campaign," Richard Honeycutt, vice president of CWA District 3, said in a statement, provided by Murphy's campaign. "From standing up for workers’ rights to fighting to raise the minimum wage, Patrick shares our priorities. Hardworking Floridians are ready for a senator who shows up and works hard for them and we are confident that Patrick will be that senator."

Murphy said in a campaign statement that he was "proud" to have the CWA's support, and he pledged to "stand with CWA members to fight for our shared priorities."

Murphy is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in November.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 8:06am]


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