(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement by Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa:

“Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters proudly endorses Assembly Member Michael Blake in his bid for Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Blake is committed to strengthening the Democratic Party by cultivating candidates for office, training staff to identify and engage community leaders and develop permanent programs to reenergize the party.

“Blake is an experienced organizer and understands that embracing workers and labor is important to the future success of the Democratic Party.