- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island AFL-CIO has endorsed Catherine Taylor for lieutenant governor, the first time it has backed a Republican in years.

AFL-CIO President George Nee says Taylor understands the problems Rhode Islanders are facing and cited her track record of listening to employees while she was director of the state’s division of elderly affairs.

The Democratic nominee, Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, has earned the ire of some unions with his vocal support for “mayoral academy” charter schools, including Blackstone Valley Prep.

Taylor says the endorsement is not just of her candidacy but a bipartisan approach to governance. She says voters don’t want more discord.

A McKee spokesman cited a new poll showing him ahead of Taylor among union members and said that shows his call for new leadership is resonating.

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