AFL-CIO stays neutral in senate contest

The AFL-CIO today issued a release pledging to remain neutral in the Democratic Primary contest between U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.

The office of AFL-CIO PresidentCharles Wowkanech saidthe labor organization'sexecutive board delivered a vote of overwhelming support for Lautenberg when Lautenberg was matched against prospective candidate Tom Byrne.

That was before Andrews entered the race last night.

Today, the executive committee considered Lautenberg versus Andrews, and could not reach a two-thirds majority in favor of either candidate.

The result is the statewide organization will remain neutral, while respecting the right of local labor affiliates to back the candidates of their choice in the U.S. Senate contest.

AFL-CIO stays neutral in senate contest