Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 16:28:42 -0400
Subject: News Release
Now’s the Time….
Galbraith Endorsed by United Mine Workers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The United Mine Workers of America has
endorsed Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith in next year’s
gubernatorial election in Kentucky, a sign that Gov. Steve Beshear has lost favor with the labor union.
Galbraith, who is running as an independent, said Tuesday he is
pleased to have received the endorsement that sends a clear signal to Democrats and Republicans that Kentucky’s working class is unhappy with the state’s political leadership.
“Mining is one of the most dangerous professions in the world,
and the workers who are involved in it need as much protection as they can get,” said Galbraith, who is making his fifth run for governor.
Galbriath and the UMWA had planned to announce the endorsement later in the campaign, but word leaked out on Tuesday.
UMWA regional vice president Steve Earle said the Galbraith endorsement shows frustration with Beshear, who received the union’s endorsement in 2007.
“We just had some ongoing issues that weren’t addressed,”
Earle said. “The pot had been simmering for some time, and it
finally boiled over.”
Earle declined to go into detail about the rift with Beshear.
However, Beshear’s choice last year of Louisville Mayor Jerry
Abramson to be his running mate angered some union leaders,
including the head of the Kentucky AFL-CIO.
“We’re not the only union in the state that feels aggrieved,”
Earle said. “We take endorsements very seriously, and we plan to put our legs and shoe leather behind this endorsement.”
Beshear political director Chad Aull said the administration has
worked hard to protect miners, and that rank and file miners
“Mine safety and protecting jobs in the mine industry are
priorities of the Beshear administration,” Aull said. “That is
why Gov. Beshear has increased mine safety inspectors and mine permitters despite Kentucky’s severe budget woes.”
Beshear had to seek a new running mate last year after Lt. Gov.
Daniel Mongiardo entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Bunning. Bill Londrigan, head of the Kentucky AFL-CIO, made a public plea for Beshear not to choose Abramson. Londrigan said the mayor has not been friendly to unions.
Galbraith called the endorsement bittersweet. “Our obvious joy at this endorsement is tempered by the tragedy in West Virginia,” he said.
An explosion at a West Virginia mine Monday killed at least 25
people in the country’s deadliest underground disaster in a
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