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CUOMO BACKED BY UNION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andrew Cuomo -- who upset many Democrats when he abruptly quit New York's 2002 gubernatorial campaign -- has received the endorsement of an influential labor union for the 2006 race for attorney general.

The endorsement by Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents hospital workers, was reported Sunday by the New York Times.

Though union officials said a formal announcement would be forthcoming, they acknowledged the decision to back Cuomo had "leaked out," the newspaper said.

Cuomo spoke Friday at a meeting of the union's executive council and "gave a barnstormer of a speech," the Times reported, citing an anonymous meeting attendee.

Cuomo, the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo and a federal housing secretary in the Clinton administration, is eyeing the attorney general's post being vacated by Eliot Spitzer, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

Cuomo, the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was a federal housing secretary in the Clinton administration. He is eyeing the attorney general's post being vacated by Eliot Spitzer, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

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