Montgomery County, MD – Today, the Maryland State & District of Columbia AFL-CIO announced their endorsement of State Senator Roger Manno for Congress in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
The statewide vote to endorse Manno was unanimous.
The Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO is comprised of over 700 affiliated local unions representing all the International Unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO and some non-affiliated unions.
Discussing the endorsement, Donna Edwards, President of Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO, said, “For over 40 years I have advocated for Unions, workers, and their families in Annapolis, and for the past 12 years, I’ve worked with Roger Manno, who is a true champion for workers and their Unions. He has driven legislation to improve wages, protect benefits, and to strengthen the rights of workers on the job. Roger understands and embraces the fact that Labor Unions built the Middle Class and continue to fight for equality and a just economy for all workers. I am happy to say that the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO voted unanimously to endorse Roger Manno for Congress in the 6th District. He fought for us in the State House and now he’ll fight for us in Congress.”
Speaking on his endorsement, Manno stated “This endorsement is deeply personal to me. My Dad was a carpenter, my great grandfather was an immigrant and a union organizer. They worked hard for a better life, but we still had hard times. My Dad died at 50 because we were poor, and he didn’t have health insurance. That tragedy thrust my young widowed mother and I through some terrible times, that left me living on the street, and in a group home. That should never happen in this country. As unlikely as it was for a kid like me to grow up to be a state senator and work at the highest levels of government in the U.S. Congress and the White House, it is never lost on me that I have been blessed with an awesome responsibility to fight for a better life for people who are just trying to make it — and I’ve worked day and night to try to be the kind of state senator my family needed when I was a little boy. As a member of Congress, I hope to continue that work, and I’ll never forget the awesome trust and responsibility that AFL-CIO and all workers have placed in me.”
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