Well, some more chickens have come home to roost for the Dims:
In a speech Monday to his union’s legislative conference, Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), said Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) would not be receiving IAFF support in their reelection races this year.
The firefighters are angry about a December 2010 Senate vote on legislation that would have expanded collective bargaining rights for firefighters and police officers. The bill failed to move forward in a 55-43 vote, with Hagan and Warner joining the Republicans in voting against cloture.
Calling Hagan “one of our great double-crossers,” Schaitberger said, “she now has a tough reelection, and I have made her a promise, and one I plan to keep.”
“That is she won’t get one damn dime from this union. She won’t get one ounce of support,” said Schaitberger, who was then drowned out by applause from the crowd.
And then there is this:
Several in labor see a chance to oust some of unions’ biggest antagonists, including Republican Govs. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania, John Kasich in Ohio, Paul LePage in Maine, Rick Scott in Florida and Rick Snyder in Michigan.
Brian Weeks, political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the union would campaign for a Democratic Senate but the “priority is at the state level.”
“There are 36 governors’ races,” Weeks said. “Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania are our highest-priority races.”
The governors cited are excrescences and are definitely more anti-labor (and succeeding at being anti-labor), so I can understand that Unions see them more as an existential threat than a couple of stupid Dim senators, and that is where they want to use whatever fire power they have.
The Dims need to start acting like Democrats again. I mean, I get it that Hagan and Warner are in states where open hostility to Unions is practically a birth right; but what did they expect to happen? As much as I dislike Blue Dogs, a seat is a seat and at the moment Harry Reid is the only thing that keeps retrograde policies from reaching The Carebear-in-Chief, who blog only knows might sign as a way of negotiating with the terrorists.