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Jubinville, Timilty tussle over AFL-CIO endorsement

Posted by Johanna Seltz  September 3, 2010 10:05 AM

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Robert Jubinville used the announcement that the Massachusetts AFL-CIO had endorsed his opponent -- incumbent Kelly Timilty -- for reelection to the Governor’s Council to take a dig at her past problems with an endorsement.

The two are running for the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 14 primary.

Timilty, who beat Jubinville two years ago, was fined after that election for a campaign flier that erroneously claimed Governor Deval Patrick had endorsed her and forged his signature.

"Someone should ask Robert Haynes, president of the AFL-CIO, whether this is another forgery," Jubinville said in a press release. "We should assume that it is and assume that Kelly Timilty is up to it again."

But the recent endorsement of Timilty by the state AFL-CIO is the real thing, approved last month and announced on the union’s webpage.

In fact, Haynes praised all the endorsed candidates, including Timilty, and said “it is not easy to qualify for, or earn, our endorsement because working families expect the very best and most dedicated service on our behalf.”

“We need elected officials with character, courage, and commitment to fighting for the quality of life of all workers," he said. "These candidates demonstrated that kind of character, courage, and commitment either through their campaigns or their service in office already. We are honored by their clear demonstration of support for the needs and concerns of working families, and we’ll put our entire political program to work to ensure they get elected and can vote and advocate for workers once in office.”

Jubinville, a Milton lawyer, questioned the AFL-CIO’s reasoning.

“I don’t know how the AFL-CIO, which has a wonderful reputation for labor, could ever support a candidate who doesn’t show up for work half the time and who broke the law
by forging Governor Patrick’s signature to fool and cheat her constituents, which include members of the AFL-CIO,” Jubinville said.

He touted his own bonafides as a champion of union families, noting that he had been an “active member” in the Pipefitters and Sprinkler Fitters Union in Holyoke and was a union representative on the Massachusetts State Police when he was a state trooper.

Jubinville also asked, “What was given for the endorsement? And is she going to be rubber stamp for everything they say?"

Timilty, who has been on the Governor’s Council for 18 years, said she “proudly accepted” the AFL-CIO endorsement.

“My only commitment to the AFL-CIO is to continue my tradition of public service,” she said.

The Governor's Council consists of eight elected members and the lieutenant governor. The panel confirms or rejects the governor's nominations for the judiciary, considers pardons and commutations, and reviews government spending orders.

The second district includes Milton, Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Westwood, parts of Boston, Braintree, East Bridgewater, Easton, and Wellesley, as well as 25 other communities.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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