The Sean Eldridge campaign rolled out an endorsement Monday from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
“Sean Eldridge would provide a Democratic voice and vote in the U.S. Congress,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the union. “His election would advance the interests of working people in his district and in the nation. The RWDSU is proud to endorse him.”
Eldridge accepted the endorsement and used it as a chance to highlight what he says are differences between himself and his incumbent opponent, Rep. Chris Gibson.
“Chris Gibson says he’s supporting working families, while his voting record tells a different story,” Eldridge said in the release. “He’s signed the Koch Brother Climate Pledge and voted to block raising the minimum wage, to shutdown our government, and to protect tax breaks for companies that are sending jobs overseas. Families in NY-19 deserve better than that.”
Eldridge, a Democrat from Shokan, is looking to take on Republican Gibson from Kinderhook in the 19th Congressional District.
The union represents members throughout the U.S. across several different industries.
UPDATE: I called up the RWDSU headquarters to get an idea of who they represent in NY-19. Janna Tea, the union’s spokeswoman, says the Local 338 up here represents “a couple of thousand” workers in the region, mostly supermarket workers.