TJ Donovan has bagged another union endorsement in his bid for Attorney General, and it's a big one: The Vermont State Employees' Association (VSEA), which has more than 6,000 members. And the endorsement came with a slap at incumbent Democrat Bill Sorrell:
"For too long Vermonters have gone without an Attorney General who understands what working and middle class Vermonters go through day in and day out, and who appreciates the essential role state workers play in our state," said John Reese, President of VSEA.
As for Donovan, Reese portrayed him as "an unflinching supporter of worker's rights; an active watchdog of government contractors; and a vocal advocate for the labor movement in an era of nationwide attacks on public employees and unions."
For those keeping score, Donovan now has the backing of the Fire Figuters union, the state troopers' union, the AFL-CIO, and the Building and Trades union. Plus the Vermont Sheriff's Association. Total membership: 15,000. If the rank and file go along with leadership, Donovan has gone a long way toward winning the Democratic primary.