Texas AFL-CIO COPE Board Makes Dual Endorsement Of Hegar, West in U.S. Senate Race

The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO today delivered a dual endorsement of M.J. Hegar and Royce West in the U.S. Senate race.

The Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) endorsement leaves the decision on which candidate to support in the July 14 Democratic runoff election to individual unions. The Texas AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils will not express a preference in that contest, but will work to elect the winner on Nov. 3.

“As happened during our COPE Convention in January, M.J. Hegar and Royce West each had strong support from different unions, but not enough to meet the two-thirds threshold for an individual endorsement,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

“Because of his poor record on issues affecting working families, incumbent John Cornyn richly deserves to be sent home. Our unions believe it is far better to move forward with a dual endorsement than with no action.”

“Sen. West’s outstanding service in the Texas Senate has been marked by strong support for a fair shot agenda, advocacy for Texans who too often are overlooked, and courage in the face of adversity. M.J. Hegar has brought a new energy to Texas politics, a sterling record of service to the nation, and a working class perspective to her campaign that resonates with our members. Each has committed to supporting key priorities of the labor movement when elected, including strengthening the right to organize. Either M.J. Hegar or Royce West would deliver dramatically better representation for Texas than what we are getting now.”

In new action, the COPE Board unanimously adopted the recommendation of the Tideland Central Labor Council to endorse Sarah DeMerchant in Texas House District 26. Previous COPE endorsements in other contests carry forward for the runoffs and general election.