Firefighters Union Abandons Plans To Endorse Hillary Clinton For President

More bad news for Team Clinton...

The IAFF says there was not enough support on the union's board or its rank-and-file members for an endorsement

nytimes  reported

The International Association of Fire Fighters, one of the country’s more politically powerful unions, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, according to union sources.

Harold A. Schaitberger, the union’s general president, informed Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, in a telephone call on Monday. According to a union official, Mr. Schaitberger told Mr. Mook that the executive board and rank-and-file members — the latter were recently polled — did not support a Clinton endorsement.

The early support of a cross section of unions — most prominently the American Federation of Teachers, which endorsed Mrs. Clinton in July — had been a source of strength for the Clinton campaign. But in recent weeks, as Mrs. Clinton’s numbers in some polls have sagged and she has faced an increasingly formidable challenge from Bernie Sanders.

The impetus for  Schaitberger’s call to Mr. Mook were conversations about the endorsement at the board’s meetings in September, when members expressed interest in the possibility that VP Joseph Biden would join the Democratic field.

Mr. Schaitberger worried that a Clinton endorsement could deeply divide the firefighters, according to a union official