Today, the American Federation of Government Employees endorsed State Senator and Democratic Candidate for Governor R. Creigh Deeds for Governor. The federal employee labor union has a heavy infuence in the vote-rich region of Northern Virginia. The American Federation of Government Employees is the nation's largest unions for Federal Employees with over 30,000 members. Today, it promised Deeds its full backing, and with their endorsment, the union intends to support Deeds with ground troops and massive organization efforts to mobilize votes across the state of Virginia. "We do not endorse unless we also put our folks' feet on the street," said AFGE Political Director Bob Nicklas. In a statement today, AFGE vice presidents Joe Flynn and Dwight Bowman said, " Senator Deeds has proven himself to be a friend of Virginia’s working families."
However,the union made it clear that this was not a difficult decision to make. They had no intention of endorsing the Republican Bob McDonnell. "He's going to move Virginia backwards and we need to move Virginia forward," Nicklas said. This endorsement would make their stalwart support of Democratic candidates consistents. In the past, the AFGE has endorsed Governors Chuck Robb, Mark Warner, and Tim Kaine. The union also lent its support to Democratic Senator Jim Webb in his challenge to former Republican Senator George Allen durring the 2006 midterm elections.