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Pascrell Demands Official Retraction And An Apology From Rothman For Labor “Bosses” Attack

#DesperateRothman stoops to new low by attacking Key Democratic constituency groups

On the heels of additional misleading, offensive, and outright false claims by Steve Rothman during their debate last night about labor support and labor leadership, Congressman William Pascrell today demanded an official retraction and an apology from Rothman to labor organizations across north Jersey and the entire state.


“We’ve endured wave after wave of false attacks and negative advertising from Steve Rothman, but last night’s claims were the final straw,” said Pascrell. “Hard working men and women across north Jersey have endorsed my candidacy and Steve Rothman cannot be allowed to misrepresent that support for the viewers watching the debate on News 12 last night. He continues to try and represent himself as a progressive and the 'Democrat’s Democrat' but he packed his bags and left his home to fight a Democrat instead of “Conservative’s Conservative” Scott Garrett. Now he has chosen to attack labor and insult those that didn’t choose to support him. As a Democrat, it all flies in the face of everything I believe in, and everything I fight for every single day. It is outrageous, and he should apologize immediately.”

Last night, after watching dozens of endorsements come in since January in support of Congressman Pascrell from local and state-wide labor, Congressman Rothman decided to use his closing statement to go on the attack, stating “"local labor, not the bosses down in Trenton, have endorsed me and are supporting me".

Over the past five months, Pascrell has received the endorsement of dozens of labor organizations, spanning the full cross-section across public and trade organizations of police, teachers, fire, laborers, carpenters, plumbers, pipe fitters, mail carriers, food and commercial workers, electricians, the building and construction trades and many, many more.

Labor Endorsements List

Bergen County PBA Conference, Mark Butler, Chairman N.J. State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Anthony Wieners, President

Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, Dominick Marino, President

N.J. Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association, William J. Lavin, President

N.J. State Fraternal Order of Police, Edward R. Brannigan, President

Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, Paul Nunziato, President

International Association of Firefighters, Harold Schaitberger, Preside

Paterson Local Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association, Carlos Pagan, President

Clifton Local Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association, Robert DeLuca, President

Clifton Police Benevolent Association Local #36, Detective Michael L.
McLaughlin, State Delegate

Paterson Police Benevolent Association #1, Alex Cruz, President

Paterson Superior Officers Association, Ron King, President

N.J. Career Fire Chiefs Association, Michael Postorino, President

Passaic County PBA Conference, Jerry Tolomeo, Chairman

PBA 286, Passaic County Sheriff's Officers, Michael Abdinoor, President

Passaic Police Benevolent Association Local #14, Mauro Farallo, President

Retired Police and Fire Association Local #5 of Passaic County, Carl P. Padula, President

PBA Local 304, NJ Transit Police, John Feehan, President

New Jersey State Building and Constructions Trades Council, Bill Mullen, President

Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council, Mark Roche, President

United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA)

New Jersey State Association of Pipe Trades - James Kehoe, President

UA Pipefitters Local 274 - John Wende, Business Manager, Financial Secretary-Treasurer

UA Sprinkler Fitters 696 - Kevin Bellew, Business Manager

UA Plumbers Local 24 - Eric Boyce, Business Manager, Financial Secretary

Laborers International Union of North America, Raymond M. Pocino, Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Michael Capelli, Executive Secretary-Treasurer; John Ballantyne, Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Sheet Metal Workers State Council - New Jersey

Sheet Metal Workers Local 25 - Joe Demark, Business Manager

IBEW Local 102 - Patrick Delle Cava, Business Manager

Ironworkers, Local 11, Ray Woodall, Business Manager

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) NJ State Joint Council - Ray Greaves, Chair

ATU Local 819, Benjamin Evans, President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 820, Lou Castro, President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 821, Earl Hardy, Jr., President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 822, Sherman Ariel, President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 823, Nancy Spence, President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 824, Jack Hill, President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 825, Richard Star, President⁄Business Agent

ATU Local 880, Steve Knestaut, President⁄Business Agent

National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 120 - Paterson, Don Hill, President

United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 464A, John T. Niccollai, president

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 195, Timothy Rudolph, President

CWA Local 1039, Lionel Leach, President

American Federation Of State, County, And Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1199J, Susan Cleary, President

United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1262, Harvey Whille, President

United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1245, Vincent DeVito, President

Passaic Central Labor Council (CLC), Jason D'Errico, President

Essex/West Hudson Central Labor Council (CLC), Thomas Giblin, President

Passaic County Education Association, Joseph F. Cheff, President

American Postal Workers Union (APWU), North Jersey Area Local, Jack W.
Dougherty, President

National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, Paul Hogrogian, President

UNITE HERE, International, John W. Wilhelm, President

UNITE HERE, Local 54, Bob McDevitt, President

Teamsters Joint Council No. 73, Alphonse Rispoli, President

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE&T), Matt Kronyak, NJ Legislative Board Chairman

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