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Mailer defends Girl Scouts; Union praises legislator for standing up to… union

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:00 am |
October 28, 2010 9:15 am

You knew it was coming. A mailer sent to 25th Legislative District voters criticizes GOP state House candidate Hans Zeiger for his commentary attacking the Girl Scouts.

But that’s not the odd part of the mailer. That would be what it says in support of Zeiger’s opponent, Democratic Rep. Dawn Morrell.

It quotes an editorial in The News Tribune endorsing her. “Morrell has not been afraid to stand up to Democratic interest groups,” it quotes the newspaper saying, “and was snubbed by the Washington State Labor Council when it passed out its endorsements last May. That’s a badge of honor, in our view…”

(The endorsement continued, “… considering that she earned it by standing up against the budget demands of the unions that represent state employees.”)

There’s nothing strange about that until you see who produced the ad. It’s the Washington Federation of State Employees. A member of … wait for it … the Washington State Labor Council.

That’s because the labor council, while it may have snubbed Morrell in its first round, endorsed her in the second round.

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