UPDATE: Cook announced SEIU endorsement Sept. 14th.
John Cook is the incumbent Republican Supervisor in the Braddock District, which is in central Fairfax County just south of Fairfax City. He won a special election in 2009 by a miniscule 89 vote margin, so this is his first time he is facing the electorate in a general election. To make it even tougher, Janet “The Hoot” Oleszek has lowered her sights from the Senate of Virginia to the Braddock Supervisor race, and despite a string of embarrassing gaffes in previous races she’s a formidable challenger in a mostly Democrat district. Cook understandably has to pull out all the stops in order to win this one, but I didn’t expect he might try running against Oleszek from the left.
Apparently Cook’s latest strategic opportunity is to nab the endorsement of the SEIU, even though one would imagine there aren’t a whole lot of SEIU members who can afford to live in this district. In meetings with the SEIU committee that will decide on endorsements, Cook has pulled out all the stops, promising things that even hyper-liberal Arlington County hasn’t even thought of yet. First was the offer that Fairfax government employees (who are largely represented by the SEIU) would get a pay raise greater than what Democrats on the Fairfax Board are recommending. Next would be that he’d push that the SEIU had representation on the committee who will pick the next County Executive. The whopper here is that Cook would push for a change in the form of government for Fairfax County to allow the SEIU to place someone as an adjunct, non-voting member of the Board of Supervisors who could speak up on behalf of Fairfax government employees at any time during discussions of the Board of Supervisors.
Good grief. Isn’t the SEIU powerful enough already?
It’s deeply disappointing to see a Republican of any stripe pandering to the most irresponsible and hard-leftist labor organization in America. The SEIU is a collection of thugs that pushes hard for amnesty for illegal aliens, redistribution of our wealth, and the destruction of capitalism. This corrupt organization exists to push leftist politicians into power that will vote to increase government worker pay which gets returned back to these politicians as campaign contributions.
Pandering to these racketeers to try to win an election is horrific. It might seem like a great political play to nab the endorsement of a particularly leftist thug union from the Democrat who almost certainly would otherwise get the pick, but it is beyond disturbing that any Republican could seriously offer enticements like these that would harm the long-term interests of Fairfax County.
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