Scott Stringer may be unopposed so far in his bid to be the city’s next comptroller, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down.
To wit, Mr. Stringer’s campaign rolled out the endorsement of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO this afternoon, a labor body that represents 1.3 million members, placing a further marker down as he seeks to lock up the Democratic nomination and bash his eventual Republican opponent.
“Scott Stringer’s commitment to progressive values and working men and women has never wavered,” the union’s president, Vincent Alvarez, said in a statement. “With his nearly thirty years of public service, Scott has earned the support of working men and women. The Labor Movement – public sector, private sector, and building trades – is united behind Scott Stringer and his vision for New York City.”
The AFL-CIO is the latest to join the Manhattan borough president’s growing pile of endorsements, including not only labor-backed entities like the Workings Families Party but a number of elected officials. Last Sunday, for example, a small army of Brooklyn pols backed the Stringer campaign.
In 2009, the comptroller race was hotly-contested, but since Mr. Stringer cleared the field by dropping down from the mayoral campaign, this year looks to be an entirely different affair. John Liu, the city’s current comptroller, is expected to campaign for mayor but has yet to officially announce his intentions.