Oswego County Clerk candidate Michael C. Backus denied that he made a deal to help get apprentice language into contracts through the Oswego County Legislature in exchange for the endorsement of the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council.
“I have said since the beginning, very clearly, that I have made no deals with anyone for anything in this campaign,” Backus said Tuesday when asked about the alleged deal with the trades council.
The Central and and Northern New York Building Trades Council endorsed Backus, bypassing 40-year union member Phillip Vasho, who is opposing Backus in the clerk’s race.
It is unusual for a labor organization to bypass a union member in support of a non-union member. It has been alleged that Backus promised the trades council the apprentice language in exchange for the endorsement, which traditionally comes with a campaign check.
Vasho acknowledged that he was told about the alleged deal, but refused to comment further.“I would rather not speak about it until after the election,” Vasho said Wednesday. POST