Monday, October 4, 2010

Maher loses firefighter's backing in county race against Gorman

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Local Firefighters Union Backs Off Endorsement

(Orland Park, Illinois) – Support for 17th District Cook County Commissioner Democrat nominee Patrick Maher continues to melt away in the wake of news reports documenting Maher’s misstatements about both his academic and criminal records and his attempts to conceal his criminal past. (Reports from Fox News Chicago, the Southtown Star, and the Daily Herald).
The latest group to walk away from Maher is the local firefighters union that (through their PAC) had planned to endorse Maher, who currently serves as the Board Chairman for the Orland Fire Protection District.

After initially recommending an endorsement of Maher, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2754, per a vote by their executive board, has decided against endorsing Maher and instead will remain neutral in the race for 17th District Cook County Commissioner.

“Given the information that has come out about Mr. Maher’s problems telling the truth, the union clearly did the right thing by rethinking their endorsement and deciding to stay neutral and showed political courage in doing so,” said Cook County GOP Chairman Lee Roupas. 

“Working families in the 17th District have a friend in Commissioner Liz Gorman,” Roupas added.   “She has a strong record on the County Board of fighting for working families and opposing the pervasive fraud and mismanagement institutionalized by the Democrat Machine.”


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17th District Concerned Citizen said...


Orland Park, Illinois-- Patrick Maher today announced that the Orland Professional Firefighters, Local 2754 has endorsed his candidacy for Cook County Commissioner in the 17th District. The Orland Professional Firefighters which represent all of the Paramedics and Firefighters for the Orland Fire Protection District, cited Maher's record as President of the OFPD as the reason for their endorsement.

"It is a true honor to receive the Endorsement of the Orland Professional Firefighters today," Maher said. "This group of men and women that I work so closely with and that I respect so deeply have pledged their support for my candidacy and I promise today that I will always work to earn that support while representing them on the Cook County Board of Commissioners."

The Orland Professional Firefighters endorsement comes alongside several endorsements from Civic and Labor organizations including:

· Citizen Action Illinois
· American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees
· Service Employees International Union
· United Auto Workers, Region 4
· Sheet Metal Workers, Local 73
· Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281
· Iron Workers, Local 63
· Boilermakers, Local 1
· Pipe Fitters, Local 597
· Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

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