Labor money for Kaine
Friday, November 04, 2005 :::
Organized labor must know something about Tim Kaine the rest of Virginia doesn't. Unions are putting more resources behind his campaign than the last three Democratic gubernatorial candidates combined. The Times-Dispatch provides a handy table showing which unions have given, and how much. At the top of the list? The Service Employees International Union with nearly $390,000.
That's small beer compared to the overall take for this campaign. But recall that the SEIU was an early, vocal supporter of one Howard Dean during the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries. Here is a refresher:
AFSCME and the SEIU have a vested interest in large and inefficient government, which translates directly into more dues-paying union members and more political clout. That's why they have been the most vehement opponents of President Bush's tax cuts (even savagely attacking Democrats who voted for them), all attempts to privatize government services, and educational freedom. Meanwhile, these unions are clamoring for socialized medicine and new special privileges such as increased collective bargaining and forced-dues authority for union officials at the federal, state, and local government levels.
And they are putting their money behind Tim Kaine. Does this mean a Gov. Kaine will mount a full-court press against the state's right to work law? It would be a fool's errand. But labor, obviously, believes it has found its Virginia champion in Kaine.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/04/2005