With a new endorsement by the American Federation of Teachers, Anthony Guardia, has now been endorsed by three major Massachusetts unions, the others being the SEIU/NAGE National Association of Government Employees, and the BTU / Boston Teacher’s Union in the race for the Fifth Middlesex State Senate seat (Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester (precincts 1,2,3 and 8) vacated by Katherine Clark.
Guardia has been endorsed by these unions despite the fact that he has only been running for the seat for six weeks; despite the fact that he is running against two incumbents replete with endorsements from fellow legislators; despite the fact that he has never come close to matching the funds available to his supposedly progressive opponent; and despite the fact that he does not have a state-level record upon which the unions could base their decision.
Why have these unions endorsed Guardia? It may be because they see in him a new generation of Massachusetts public servants who are anxious to bring new and innovative ideas to the table and to collaborate with the union movement in new and more mutually productive ways to benefit the lives of ordinary workers.
Fred Rich LaRiccia, Guardia for State Senate Committee, Campaign Chair