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Connecticut Rep. Himes opts out of AFL-CIO endorsement

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) U.S. Rep. Jim Himes will be the only member of Connecticut's Democratic congressional delegation not to receive an endorsement in this year's election from the state's largest labor organization.

Himes' campaign spokeswoman says the 4th District Democrat decided not to seek the backing of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, recognizing the concern over his support for granting the president trade promotion authority.

Maryli Secrest says that while Himes determined ``not to force a political discussion,'' he'll continue to work with organized labor ``on their many areas of agreement.'' She noted Himes has a 90 percent lifetime rating with the AFL-CIO, which met Friday for its state convention.

He's seeking a fifth term.

Trade promotion authority would set guidelines but let the White House send Congress a trade proposal to adopt or reject, but not amend.

 

Himes is being challenged by Redding Republican state Representative John Shaban.

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