Osborn Wins CA Nurses’ Endorsement

September 15th, 2011

Posted on Patch.com, by Kurt Orzeck

The Assembly candidate’s latest endorsement could be her biggest one yet.

This week, coverage of California’s newly created 50th Assembly District has been dominated by Betsy Butler, who recently announced she is running for the seat. But a bit of wind may have come out of the State Assemblywoman’s sails on Thursday, with opponent Torie Osborn announcing that she has won the endorsement of the highly influential California Nurses Association.

“This is an incredible endorsement for my Assembly campaign, and it will send an important message all across the 50th district and in Sacramento that my campaign and my track record is resonating with the people who really care about patients, working people and the future of California,” Osborn said in a statement.

“It is truly a privilege to have the backing of the California Nurses Association, and I pledge to work hand-in-hand with them to improve our economy, create more jobs, and make sure every last Californian has access to affordable quality health care,” she continued.

The California Nurses Association/ National Nurses Organizing Committee/ AFL-CIO has 86,000 members nationwide. Founded in 1903, the CNA/NNOC has grown by nearly 400 percent over the past 15 years.

In endorsing Osborn, CNA Co-President Malinda Markowitz said, “We need a fresh approach and bold new ideas on how to fix California and rebuild our struggling middle class. Torie Osborn has been at the forefront of many battles for progressive change in California and across the nation. She’ll lead the charge on issues Californians care about, such as, protecting our environment, to creating good jobs, expanding access to better healthcare, improving our schools, fighting for social justice, helping to reduce homelessness, and working to ensure equality for all Americans.”

Osborn, a liberal activist who is running for office for the first time, has already earned endorsements from Sheila Kuehl (who was the 41st District representative from 1994 to 2000); Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Congresswoman Karen Bass; Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl; and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, one of the state’s biggest unions.

Osborn raised $215,000 in the first half of 2011, bringing her total fundraising to $294,400.

Meanwhile, Butler has picked up endorsements from Assembly Speaker John Pérez, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, California Democratic Party Vice Chair Alex Rooker and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Organizations backing Butler include the Legislative LGBT Caucus and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who is leaving the 41st Assembly District due to term limits, has endorsed both Butler and Osborn, a representative for Brownley confirmed to Santa Monica Patch on Thursday afternoon.

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who is also vying for the new Assembly seat, has earned endorsements from Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker, Malibu Mayor John Sibert and former L.A. County Supervisor Ed Edelman, among others.

The 50th Assembly District will include Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu and West Hollywood. The top two vote-getters from the 50th Assembly District primary contest, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the November general election.