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DSCC: Unions, Netroots are “Special Interests in Washington”

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Senator Robert Menendez, leader of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, sent out a memo deriding labor unions who supported Bill Halter as “special interests in Washington.”

Tonight Arkansas Democrats nominated Blanche Lincoln, a proven independent voice for her state.  In this race Blanche took on powerful special interests in Washington and won. In the Senate, she fights those same fights everyday, supporting home-state farmers, strengthening programs for childhood nutrition, and bolstering rural economic development. As Chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee, Blanche has stood-up and delivered for every region of Arkansas.

And if you aren’t sure this is an isolated incident from the DSCC, they posted this article from The Hill on the DSCC website. The editorial by Hill editor A.B. Stoddard, as posted on the DSCC’s website, congratulates Lincoln for:

fending off Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and the unions and the netroots and the punishment the left promised to exact for her opposition to a public option in healthcare reform and to legislation, favored by unions, known as “card-check.”

Stoddard sharpened her focus on labor unions, singling out “the failed union campaign” and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who Stoddard says “piled on in defeat” – all of which the DSCC featured on its site:

The failed union campaign against her will have long-term ramifications not only for the union agenda — card-check is dead — but for labor’s political viability in the next two crucial elections for Democrats.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, piled on in defeat, adding that the unions would have preferred to vanquish Lincoln but then ludicrously proclaiming the night “ a tremendous victory for working families.”

Spending millions to defeat a Democrat instead of on races to help Democrats win is still a reasonable use of money and capital to Trumka, who called nearly derailing Lincoln “a virtually unprecedented achievement.”

It’s good to know the entirety of those who control the Democratic Party infrastructure see fit to give working people a giant middle finger.

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Michael Whitney

Michael Whitney

My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.