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10/29/2004

UMW endoreses Dan Mongiardo for Senate on Nov. 2

United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts Encourages Coal Miners-and All Working Kentuckians-to Vote for Dan Mongiardo
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil Roberts today issued an appeal to Kentucky coal miners-and working people across the state-to cast their vote for Dan Mongiardo (D-Ky.) on Nov. 2. Mongiardo is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).


"A few months ago, the pundits didn't give Dan Mongiardo much of a chance, but, having worked closely with Dan over the years on several important issues, UMWA members know what a great fighter he is, and we never doubted his ability to stay in this race-if not win it," said Roberts. "Dan Mongiardo has marched in Lexington with displaced UMWA Horizon miners to highlight that travesty of justice, he has been a fighter in Kentucky to restore fairness to the state's process of awarding black lung benefits to miners and he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to helping working Kentuckians get their fair share. I would add that UMWA members in Hazard, Ky., remember how Dan returned to that area after graduating from medical school to set up a free health care clinic to help the rural poor. Dan is the kind of person the people of Kentucky deserve as their representative in the U.S. Senate, not someone who has to resort to name calling and innuendo to prove his worth. UMWA members remember all too well how, in 1994, then-U.S. House member Jim Bunning cast his vote against passage of the Black Lung Restoration Act (H.R. 2108), which, thankfully, ended up passing 252-166. Working Kentuckians can-and must-do better, and that is why the UMWA is strongly encouraging them to cast their vote for Dr. Dan on Nov. 2."

Commentary:
Dr. Dan Mongiardo was there for 2 out of 3 protest rallies on the Horizon Natural Resources Bankruptcy Hearings in Lexington, Ky. I talked the guy personally at the first rally and agree with the UMWA that he has working class people, unions and coal miners in mind if elected.
I'm a life-long baseball fan, but that doesn't make me want to vote for incumbant Jim Bunning. The former MLB pitcher has done nothing for the state of Kentucky except push Bush Administration agendas that have hurt the working class and has endorsed outsourcing, keep the minimum wage at $5.15 an hour and will continue to do so if re-elected.
If you are a Kentuckian vote Dr. Dan Mongiardo on Nov. 2. Working class families are depending on it.

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