March 09, 2012
Today, in a blatant attempt to draft Amy Poehler to speak at the union’s biennial convention in June, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) endorsed the candidacy of Leslie Knope for city council in Pawnee, Ind.
Knope, a character portrayed by Poehler in the NBC hit Parks and Recreation, is a public sector worker in the parks and recreation department of the fictional Pawnee, Ind. This season, with hopes of taking a step towards her ultimate goal to become the first female President of the United States, Knope announced her candidacy for Pawnee City Council.
Gerald W. McEntee, president of AFSCME, a union which represents more than 250,000 parks and recreation workers, had this to say about the endorsement:
“We proudly endorse Leslie Knope for Pawnee City Council. Knope’s public service and her passion for making our communities safer, healthier and stronger make her the right person for the job.”
McEntee added: “AFSCME members would be thrilled to have Amy Poehler at our convention. We are prepared to Ramp Up our campaign to draft her, and we will even have waffles for her backstage if she accepts.”
This morning, AFSCME held a spirited rally outside its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Watch video from the rally here: