Unions set to deliver another dead-fish candidate in Clinton

The union bosses are dead keen on Hillary Clinton, but the members aren’t.

An interesting piece from Reuters highlights a problem Hillary Clinton continues to have: union bosses love her but rank and file members are indifferent:

California nurse Katy Roemer remembers how at the height of the Ebola crisis last year, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders marched arm-in-arm with union workers as they fought for hazmat suits and other protections to treat patients with infectious diseases.

Roemer’s gratitude is why she keeps a large stash of “Bernie” stickers and posters in her car and is urging people she knows to back his White House bid. She jokes that she will be telling friends and family members: “You’re not coming to dinner if you didn’t vote.”   

If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, Roemer said she would vote for her in the November 2016 general election but she will not volunteer for her campaign.

Clinton may be getting the backing of union bosses but the rank and file members, needed to work at the local level to deliver votes, are less enthusiastic:

In the race for union endorsements, Clinton has more than a dozen from national unions, representing more than 10 million members. By contrast, Sanders has notched two national endorsements, for about 385,000 members.

But in many cases, there have been divisions within unions. Dozens of interviews with rank-and-file members show Sanders generating more passionate support based on his years of walking picket lines, attending social gatherings and intervening in labor disputes.

While Clinton could sweep the big national unions and even win her party’s nomination, not having an excited base to get out the vote on election day could prove fatal to her White House bid. A combination of high-tech voter targeting and old fashioned local operations to get voters to the polls is credited with Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election victory.

Unions have been wrecking political parties since day dot.


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