San Francisco Labor Council endorses Newsom
San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson
announces the SFLC's endorsement of incumbent Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Photos by John Han
June 20, 2007
In a press conference Tuesday the San Francisco Labor Council
(SFLC) announced their endorsement for Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaign
for re-election. Tim Paulson, SFLC Executive Director, said that
in a previous meeting the SFLC "overwhelmingly" endorsed
Gavin Newsom to a second term in office as Mayor of San Francisco.
"Four years ago this council was more divided when it came
to the mayor's race, and I think we're all very proud right now
that we can move forward with the unanimity that we exhibited
at our meeting last night," Paulson said.
The endorsement is said to reflect a unity in the San Francisco
labor movement based on the Newsom's worker policies.
Newsom thanked the SFLC and union members for the early endorsement.
"Arguably it's not so early, I guess anymore, it just feels
early 'cause this race hasn't necessarily, to this day, taken
shape as most traditional mayor's races have," Newsom said.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Newsom predicted the mayor's race would be competitive, that
he would not be taking anything for granted.
"The fact that labor has stepped up... is standing side
by side with me is going to make an immeasurable difference, and
I cannot impress upon you how appreciative I am to each and everyone
of you for this endorsement," Newsom said.
Newsom called San Francisco a labor town, and said there are
"remarkable trends in this country that is basically eviscerating
the middle class in this country."
Stating that the decline in labor can be directly connected with
the decline of the middle class, Newsom said elected officials
"historically have stood side by side with labor" and
should do so "now more than ever as we see a remarkable consolidation
in the corporate sector, the likes of which I don't think any
of us could have imagined five or ten years ago."
Newsom said that, as a San Franciscan, the endorsement means
"a great deal to me as a person, not just as a politician
to have labor support."
He assured all present that they would have his support.