Blue Dogs Bite, Unions Bite Back!:
Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA) General President Mike Sullivan:
Not just "suspend all financial and intangible campaign activity" - but they are using the money well-saved to air a series of radio ads in in Montana, Iowa, North Dakota, and Arkansas. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! The ads focus on Senators Chuck Grassley (IA), Max Baucus (MT), Kent Conrad (ND), and Blanche Lincoln (AR) - the last three supposedly allied to the Democratic Party.
The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA), has decided to suspend all financial and intangible campaign activity in support of every political candidate until real health care reform is passed.
And what cools my heart even more is to hear, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka has also warned the likes of Max Baucus and Kent Conrad (the Senate version of the Blue Dogs), and Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Rick Boucher (D-VA) (both of them Blue Dogs) among others, that they are not going to get re-elected to Congress if they keep up their douche-baggery.
From Sam Stein at the Huffington Post:
Trumka's warning shots come at a time that the AFL-CIO is charting out a more aggressive campaign to target lawmakers who, as one official put it, "take labor's help but don't vote for labor's interests." Part of that process is to hold out the prospect of electoral consequences.
I am so happy to see progressives all over this country at last showing up the turds in Congress who are so happy to take our money at election time, but think we will forever put up with being sidelined when push comes to shove. And now that push has come to shove, if you do not vote for the progressive agenda, you will face your toughest ever re-election campaign, and that's a promise from this long-time (LEGAL) resident and soon-to-be citizen of these United States.