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Labor unions endorse Patrick Murphy



Congressman Patrick Murphy on Thursday announced support from two labor unions in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and International Association of Ironworkers both endorsed Murphy, D-Jupiter, in his primary race against Congressman Alan Grayson of Orlando.

“These unions fight to protect our workers, provide better wages for our families, and help create good, middle-class jobs and I look forward to working together to build a brighter future for Florida’s working families in the U.S. Senate,” Murphy said in a statement.

Both Murphy and Grayson have received endorsements from unions. The Laborers' International Union of North America is supporting Murphy and the Central Florida Building and Construction Trades Council backed Grayson.

Republicans are going after Murphy for his support from unions.

“While Patrick Murphy attempts to hide his lack of support from voters with the endorsements of job-killing unions, the truth remains that he is more focused on advancing his personal political ambitions than the best interest of Florida families and workers," said Wadi Gaitan, Republicana Party of Florida spokesperson.

They’re hoping to replace Sen. Marco Rubio in the Senate. Republican congressmen Ron DeSantis and David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and businessman Todd Wilcox are also running for the seat.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:55am]


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