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Bill de Blasio for a second term?

December 17, 2016 am31 11:40 am

It looks likely that he will get the UFT endorsement. He already has endorsements from many unions – starting with the sanitation workers.

Still, bad optics on AFT President Randi Weingarten hosting a fundraiser for de Blasio, using AFT facilities, before the UFT has run through its endorsement process.

After a decade of misplayed mayoral endorsements (Alan Hevesi, failed to make run-off, Fernando Ferrer, lost run-off, Mark Green, lost election, all 2001, Fernando Ferrer lost election 2005, no endorsement 2009 when Bill Thompson actually had a chance to end the Bloomberg education calamity) a less confident leader might have concluded that her “endorsement radar” was bad. Randi is not burdened by such useless introspection.

Nor is she alarmed by her presidential record (2008 way way early endorsement of Hillary, last union to stick with her, even as Obama wrapped the thing up; 2012 even earlier endorsement of Hillary…)

Nor is she constrained by correct process – local endorsements belong to the locals.

I didn’t vote for her. That doesn’t stop me from being embarrassed for my union.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Harris L. permalink
    December 17, 2016 pm31 12:19 pm 12:19 pm

    “The seat at the table” fixation and desperation has been the ruination of our union.

    • December 17, 2016 pm31 8:05 pm 8:05 pm

      “Seat at the table”? Even they don’t believe that.

      They have been doing it wrong for so long that they can no longer imagine another way.

    • southbronxschool permalink
      December 17, 2016 pm31 9:02 pm 9:02 pm

      They keep sitting us at the kids table.

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