Members help Hillary win
No sooner had PEF activists helped push New York Sen. Hillary Clinton to
victory in New Hampshire’s presidential primary, than they turned their
attention to the New York primary February 5 – Super Tuesday.
Members of the PEF Executive Board took time after their January 31 session
in Albany to hit the phone banks and get out the vote for Hillary.
“We logged hundreds of hours in calls for her on just that one afternoon,”
said PEF Vice President Joe Fox, who chairs the PEF Political Action
The following Saturday, Feb. 2, members from PEF Regions 10 and 11 joined a
rally for Clinton in Manhattan’s Union Square, where PEF Vice President Pat
Baker was a featured speaker.
“We brought lots of energy and enthusiasm for Hillary to the rally,” Baker
In fact, instead of being worn out by their long hours at the New Hampshire
rally just a month earlier, members seemed energized by it.
“I made just one phone call to our members at Downstate Medical Center,”
said PEF organizer Blair Burroughs, “and they all showed up.”
Nurses who had been to New Hampshire brought as many co-workers as they
could to Union Square, based on who could get free that morning.
It was a busy day, with more phone banking by Region 11 members working with
other Hillary supporters at the United Federation of Teachers offices in
Queens. In Albany and Buffalo more PEF activists were turning out for
Hillary. And the momentum carried through Super Tuesday, when Clinton won
New York handily.
“We’re glad to support Clinton, because she has been there for us and
appreciates the importance of public service,” Fox said.
— Sherry Halbrook
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