Unions announce flurry of pro-Udall mailings

A national labor organization will send a mailer supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall to tens of thousands of registered voters and unions members this week.

On the heels of the DSCC announcing its exodus from the Colorado senate race last week, Change to Win — a coalition of seven unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters — reported that it will send more than 49,000 mailings to Colorado voters in support of Mark Udall, who is running against Republican Bob Schaffer for a seat left vacant by Sen. Wayne Allard.

The ad focuses on the economy and states that Udall is a “strong voice for Colorado working families” who believes in an “investment in homegrown manufacturing jobs” via alternative energy.

Mailings will start to be shipped on Tuesday, according to Change to Win, which boasts a total of 6 million members nationwide. While a tally of membership numbers in Colorado is currently unknown, it’s clear that the coalition has at least 5,000 members in the state.

A a Rocky Mountain News-CBS4 poll of 500 registered voters released Sunday night showed Udall leading Schaffer by 12 points.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.