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Michigan Unions Blast Billie Jo O’Berry for Fabricating Labor Endorsements

O’Berry website falsely claims endorsements from unions that are supporting Carol Siemon for Ingham County Prosecutor

LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO blasted Billie Jo O’Berry, the Republican candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor, for fabricating endorsements from labor unions.

The “Endorsers” page on O’Berry’s campaign website currently lists the following unions under a heading that says “Rated ‘Strongly Supportive of Working Families’”: Building Trades, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan AFL-CIO HRDI, UAW-GM CHR, IBEW 275, IBEW 1106, UAW 19, UAW 724, UAW 4911.

None of these labor organizations have endorsed O’Berry. However, the Capital Area UAW CAP Council and the Greater Lansing Labor Council have both endorsed Carol Siemon for Ingham County Prosecutor.

“Billie Jo O’Berry isn’t telling the truth, plain and simple,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “The truth is, none of these unions have endorsed her, and many of them are actually supporting Carol Siemon.

“Labor unions have a very thorough endorsement process that often includes a written questionnaire or candidate screening. The purpose is to hold candidates accountable, and help elect people who are committed to protecting working families. After reviewing the candidates in the race for Ingham County Prosecutor, these unions either chose not to make an endorsement, or they chose to endorse Carol Siemon.

“Now more than ever, working people here in Ingham County are committed to electing a prosecutor who has honesty and integrity. Fabricating labor endorsements to mislead union members is no way to win an election. This kind of behavior is downright shameful, and has no place in the Prosecutor’s office. O’Berry needs to apologize to this community’s hardworking union members, and fix her website immediately.”

A screenshot of O’Berry’s website with the fabricated union endorsements can be viewed here.

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