May 31, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Stapleton, C0 – When the Colorado AFL-CIO voted on endorsements for this year’s congressional races may 21-22, it left one Democrat out: Sen. Michael Bennet, who last year voted to give President Barack Obama “fast-track authority” on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
The federation endorsed the state’s three Democratic House incumbents, Reps. Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, and Jared Polis, for re-election, as well as challengers Gail Schwartz, Bob Seay and Morgan Carroll, but Bennet did not win the two-thirds majority needed. The TPP “weighed heavily on our affiliates’ decision to remain neutral in the U.S. Senate race,” Sam Gilchrist, executive director of the Colorado AFL-CIO, said in a statement. The vote means that the AFL-CIO, which backed Bennet when he won his first full term in 2010, won’t be putting any resources into re-electing him. Read more