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Patrick Murphy endorsed by SEIU


Another large union has endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy in Florida's U.S. Senate race.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced this morning it was backing the Jupiter congressman over his primary opponent, fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

The SEIU represents over 55,000 health care professionals, public employees and property service workers in Florida and has 2.1 million members nationwide. The group praised Murphy for his support of a $15-per-hour minimum wage and his desire to increase access to affordable healthcare.

“Congressman Murphy is well prepared to serve as our United States Senator and has earned the support of SEIU Florida members across the state by aggressively fighting for policy solutions that are important to Florida’s working families,” SEIU Florida president Monica Russo said in a statement.

Last week, Murphy met with a few homecare, hospital and childcare workers and SEIU members at a private campaign stop near Tampa -- footage from which was used to create an SEIU video explaining the union's endorsement of Murphy.

“We support candidates who are willing to be a champion and a voice for working-class families who are sick and tired of being pushed aside. Patrick Murphy is one of those candidates," Russo added in the SEIU statement, which did not mention Murphy's Democratic competitor, Grayson.

Murphy has racked up union endorsements and other support from the Democratic establishment in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Grayson has also gotten some union support, yet his campaign has mostly drawn the backing of progressive groups and grassroots supporters.