Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leaders of Steel Endorsement

It was an honour to receive the support of Steelworker leaders, Leo Gerard and Ken Neumann. Here I share Leo's letter of endorsement with you.

International President of the United Steelworkers Leo Gerard, Andrea Horwath and Ken Neumann, Steelworkers National Director for Canada.

Daring to Dare Again
Leo Gerard endorses Andrea Horwath

Fellow New Democrats,

My name is Leo Gerard, I was born and raised in Sudbury but today I work in Pittsburgh as the International President of the United Steelworkers.

I'm a proud Canadian and a proud New Democrat. Last year I had the privilege of helping Steelworkers and thousands of everyday Americans make history by electing Barack Obama President of the United States. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

During the campaign, Republicans told Americans the country needed 74-year-old John McCain. They said the economic crisis meant that new leadership was too risky. They were wrong.

Voters knew it was time for change. Time for a leader who would dare to lead differently and draw a new path - not someone that would stay the course and manage a disaster. Sometimes good is just not good enough.

Ontarians and New Democrats, need a leader with a vision for growth and a purpose to break through the established way and open up new territory. That leader is Andrea Horwath.

We deserve a leader that can bring forward a different way of operating, that can break down our barriers and grow our party.

Andrea's record is solid: she builds teams, builds communities and wins campaigns.

With Andrea Horwath, we can look forward to what is possible for New Democrats today.

Under her guidance we can grow beyond where we are and achieve the relevance we once enjoyed.

Sometimes the best tribute to our past leaders and to our legacy, is daring to dare again.

In solidarity,

Leo Gerard

P.S. Vote for Andrea today or donate to her campaign