More endorsements line up for Don Bacon, Kara Eastman in 2nd District House race

September 27, 2018

Republican Congressman Don Bacon and Democratic challenger Kara Eastman are continuing to battle over labor and other support, with each announcing a host of endorsements this month.

Bacon has gotten the support of the local and national chapters of the Laborers’ International Union of North America and National Electrical Contractors Association; Air Line Pilots Association, International; 21 Republican state senators and eight Republican county sheriffs, including both in the 2nd Congressional District.

The Laborers’ group cited Bacon’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline and his opposition to Eastman’s proposed single-payer health system.

“One of the most pressing concerns we have as members of a union is the threat against our nonprofit health care plans,” said Sam Renshaw, business manager for the LiUNA Local #1140, who said the group has more than 400 members in District 2. “We have spent years working for our benefits, and a government takeover of health care will strip these benefits away from our families. We strongly support Don Bacon in his re-election, just as he strongly supports us.”

For her part, Eastman has received support from the Nebraska Alliance for Retired Americans, a group of retired union members; the Human Rights Campaign and the national group Social Security Works; and the state Democratic Party’s LGBTQIA+ caucus.

The labor retirees group criticized Bacon for his votes on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

“The Alliance for Retired Americans slogan is ‘Let’s not be the last generation able to retire,’ ” said Al Mumm, the group’s president. “Don Bacon has voted to make this the last generation able to retire.”

The election is Nov. 6. Nebraskans can register to vote until Oct. 26.

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