The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
“We recommended Hillary Clinton on the incredible and lengthy track record she has, that is just wrapped around children, working families and education, from preschool to graduate school,” NEA president Lily Eskelsen García said.
Seventy-five percent of the union’s 170-member board backed Clinton.
The nod from the NEA gives Clinton a much-needed boost, after the International Association of Firefighters earlier this week backed away from plans to endorse her.
Not unexpected, of course, but nonetheless inexplicable.
As Clinton sinks in polls and under the weight of an email controversy she still hasn't shown she can put to rest, concurrent to another union pulling back from an endorsement announcement, the NEA endorses Clinton.
Makes little sense politically at this point - but that didn't stop the leadership from doing what it wanted to do anyway.