Powerful Union AFSCME Endorses Leslie Knope for Pawnee City Council


Contact: Tiffany Ricci, 202-429-5047 
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Endorsement comes as AFSCME tries to draft Amy Poehler to speak at convention of public sector workers’ union

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which represents 250,000 parks and recreation workers nationwide, today endorsed the candidacy of Leslie Knope for city council in Pawnee, Ind., in a blatant attempt to draft Amy Poehler to speak at the public employee union’s biennial convention in June. AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee had this to say about the endorsement:

“We proudly endorse Leslie Knope for Pawnee City Council. Knope’s public service and her passion for making our communities safer, healthier and stronger make her the right person for the job.”

The AFSCME endorsement is part of a campaign to draft Amy Poehler, the star of Parks and Recreation, to appear at the union’s biennial convention this June in Los Angeles. McEntee also had this to say in a blatant attempt to curry favor with Poehler:

“AFSCME members would be thrilled to have Amy Poehler at our convention. We are prepared to Ramp Up our campaign to draft her, and we will even have waffles for her backstage if she accepts.”

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AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families. This endorsement is in fact a thinly veiled attempt to get Amy Poehler to speak at our convention.

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