Update: (from Forbes.com: The United Auto Workers said its 17 area councils and 10 at-large representatives had voted 26-1 for Hackett)

We’ve been hearing about this for awhile, but it goes official now. Ohio UAW is behind Hackett. This is surely a blow to the Brown campaign, thought how big electorally it remains to be seen given the weakened power of unions:

States Largest Union Comes Out Strong for Iraq War Veteran

Columbus, OH – Paul Hackett, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate, today received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers. The UAW is Ohio’s largest union with more than 175,000 members throughout each of the state’s 88 counties.

“I’m honored to have the UAW in my corner. Their fight is my fight. As Ohio’s next U.S. Senator I’ll stand up to the special interests and career politicians in Washington that have allowed thousands of good paying jobs to be shipped overseas,” said Hackett.

Hackett continued, “I look forward to working with the UAW and the working families they represent during my campaign to bring real change and leadership to Washington. The people of Ohio deserve a leader, not a rubber stamp for the failed policies of the Bush administration.”

Formal endorsement event to be held on Tuesday. Brown replied via Grow Ohio:

For almost 29 years I have fought for America’s working families and have enjoyed the UAW endorsement in every election I have run.

I will continue to speak out for worker rights, and to demand trade agreements that will bring good paying jobs with benefits to Ohio.

Union workers have built Ohio and our nation. I have been proud to call them friends while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. I look forward to fighting for them in the United State Senate.

We are in this together.

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  • I’ve been out of it, but I like Brown’s “We are in this together.” That’s an appropriate tone for both candidates.

  • JoeyJoeJoe

    How is this a blow to Brown’s Campaign? Maybe a slight set back, but a blow? I’d bet the house that this endorsement didn’t change one percentage in the polls.

    Brown will get the local UAW on board and gain their endorsements, make the state UAW look ridiculous, and gain momentum and votes in the polls because he’s been fighting everyday for the unions – and then you’ll see if 30% increase above Hackett jump up to 35-37% above Hackett.

    So that’s that. I don’t see it as a blow at all. I do see the Cleveland AFL-CIO as a setback to Hackett. Cleveland is not a place where Hackett can afford to lose anymore votes.

  • I guess the UAW is tired of losing their jobs. They want a Democratic controlled Senate. They have decided to back a candidate who many would argue has the better chance of winning the general election.

    Go Hackett!!!!

  • Eric

    JoeyJoeJoe, er, um, ahum…if that’s your real name LOL:

    First off, I said it probably isn’t that big of a blow electorally. It is from a perception point of view. Brown would be the guy you would think would have labor wrapped up. As for the AFL-CIO, that was a foregone conclusion – no surprise there.

    Secondly, tell us who you really are. I’m sure I could piece it together from comments on other blogs, because it sure sounds familiar. 26-1 doesn’t sound much like Brown getting anyone on board.

    The bigger story might be the rift among unions, which will surely be moot after the primary.

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