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Labor forgives some Democrats, still snubs others

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Oct. 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
October 5, 2010 5:46 pm

The Washington State Labor Council is out with its updated endorsements for the Nov. 2 general election, reversing some primary election snubs of Democrats not considered sufficiently pro-union. Among the newly endorsed are Rep. Dawn Morrell in the 25th District, Sen. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Larry Seaquist in the 26th, Rep. Steve Kirby in the 29th and Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th.

But some snubs persist. The labor council still won’t endorse Rep. Chris Hurst (who calls himself an “Independent Democrat”) in the 31st District. And even though the council won’t endorse Rep. Troy Kelley in the 28th, it opposes his opponent, Republican Steve O’Ban. I’m not sure what the distinction here is.

Hurst and Kelley are both members of the so-called “Roadkill Caucus” of conservative/centrist Democrats. I’m guessing Hurst and Kelley don’t miss the labor endorsement too much. In their districts, it probably hurts more than helps.

WSLC president Rick Bender explained labor’s beef with caucus members here.

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