Monday, October 15

Edwards Earns Iowa SEIU Endorsement

While the national SEIU failed to endorse any candidates for president, Democrat John Edwards has received the endorsement of the Iowa State Council of the Service Employees International Union, and announcements of support from other state councils were promised to follow Monday, a campaign official said.

"This endorsement reflects Senator Edwards' lifelong commitment to standing up for working Americans like the people he grew up with," said the senior campaign official, who requested anonymity because he was speaking about the endorsement before its official release.

He told The Associated Press that a "number of other state councils" of the SEIU will announce their support for the former North Carolina senator at an event in Iowa City on Monday evening, but he wouldn't confirm how many.

Edwards was stung last week by the national SEIU when leaders said it would not endorse a candidate for the primary elections, letting its members make their decisions on a state-by-state basis.

Edwards had worked hard to win the seal of approval from the union, which claims to be the fastest growing in North America, boasting 1.9 million members in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Iowa City's own Sarah Swisher is the political director for SEIU.

Update: The other SEIU chapters backing Edwards are California, Washington, Michigan, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia and Oregon. Illinois and Indiana chapters are supporting Barack Obama.

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