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When Republicans Turn Bad

By Greg L | 18 September 2011 | Fairfax County | 15 Comments

Now that Braddock Supervisor John Cook is gleefully touting his endorsement by the SEIU, I have to wonder if the next time that the SEIU and Communists have a march whether they’ll give Cook a float in the parade. Maybe it’ll look a bit like this:

When Republicans throw away their principles in order to supposedly gain some temporary political advantage I have to wonder what use they’ll ever be. Anyone who willingly aligns themselves with this sort of rubbish and who tells voters they’re conservative is utterly not to be trusted.

Here’s just one reason why: when Cook met with the SEIU about getting the endorsement, a meeting the SEIU described as “amazing,” one has to wonder what sort of policies Cook managed to offer them in order to inspire them so much. As a sitting member of the Fairfax board, offering the SEIU concessions in order to secure an endorsement would violate Virginia’s “Right To Work” laws that prohibit “meeting and conferring” with public sector unions. There’s quite obviously no public evidence trail that would prove a violation happened, but it’s difficult given what has happened here to think that the SEIU was going to stop endorsing fellow communists like Janet Oleszek unless Cook was offering them a sweetheart deal.

You have a choice between a communist and a communist sympathizer for the Fairfax Board in Braddock.  It’s a bit like the choice between Michael Frey and a representative from Mexicans Without Borders.  No, it’s exactly like such a choice.  I find it funny how some “Republican” Supervisors in Fairfax feel that surrender is a political imperative.  Perhaps Spike Williams or Pat Herrity, two Republicans who actually understand what conviction and principle is all about can set them straight.  Better yet, let’s hope in the future they find other candidates to run who won’t base their political futures on their ability to pander to radical leftists.

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  1. Really? said on 18 Sep 2011 at 5:34 pm:
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    Now you’re just weaving pure fantasy.

    Care to offer even one tiny shred of evidence for any of this reckless speculation?

    A “communist sympathizer” now? Really?

    This is extraordinarily difficult to take seriously.

  2. Greg L said on 18 Sep 2011 at 5:39 pm:
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    Can you ever in your wildest dreams imagine a REPUBLICAN being proud of an endorsement by the SEIU? The same SEIU that marches alongside communists and even waves their flags?

  3. James Young said on 18 Sep 2011 at 6:04 pm:
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    One of Morton Blackwell’s Laws of the Public Policy Process: “You don’t make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends.” This will not end well for John Cook.

  4. Totum Scire said on 18 Sep 2011 at 6:08 pm:
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    I’m sorry, but where does it say SEIU thought the meeting was “amazing”? On twitter, it says the Fairfax County Government Employees Union. While affiliated with SEIU, it is important to remember that this is a separate organization. I haven’t seen Cook or any of the Fairfax Civil Servants marching with their community manifestos recently, but maybe those are taking place in PW, not Braddock.

    How about you actually try to meet Cook. There is a debate coming up this week which would give you a great opportunity to get first hand information on this, not things coming up the rumor mill.

  5. jus sayin' said on 18 Sep 2011 at 6:36 pm:
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    This vent (it’s NOT analysis) is inane. And that is a charitable description.

  6. Greg L said on 18 Sep 2011 at 6:44 pm:
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    Gee I must have missed that great big “SEIU” printed right underneath the SEIU logo. Silly me, that couldn’t ACTUALLY mean the SEIU!

    Are you freakin’ kidding me?

  7. Confused said on 18 Sep 2011 at 7:06 pm:
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    How can Herrity set Cook straight when Cook is attacking Herrity from the left at debates???


  8. Stephen Spiker said on 18 Sep 2011 at 11:15 pm:
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    Greg, I’m disappointed you still haven’t stuck to counties where you actually know what’s going on. Working with Fairfax County Employees to make Fairfax County work better–while being a champion for taxpayers on the Board–is exactly the kind of work we need from elected officials.

    You view the SEIU and see communists. Fine, whatever. That is irrelevant to this issue. John Cook sees the Fairfax County Government Employees Union and sees the people who provide the services that Fairfax County and Braddock residents rely on. I understand that, if you were an elected official, you would have a office policy of punching in the face any person who is or might be affiliated with a union. Those who work and live in reality, and understand that elected officials should care about representing the people that vote for them, try to find good solutions instead.

    I don’t care if you support John Cook. You don’t live in Fairfax County, and most of your readers who live and might vote in Fairfax County are smart enough to know when you’re absolutely full of it, like you are now. But John Cook is a good man, who has been a great Supervisor, and someone with a stellar conservative record like his deserves far, far more than your half-assed hatchet job and tin-foil hat paranoia. All I’m asking is that you stick to things you actually have a modicum of knowledge about. I think I speak for all of Fairfax Republicans when I say that we know John Cook better than you, and you’re wrong and should stop being so.

  9. Padre said on 18 Sep 2011 at 11:51 pm:
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    “Meet and confer” is not the same thing as collective bargaining. It is used all over the state of Virginia with educational associations including PWEA. Virginia’s Right to Work laws do not prohibit “meet and confer.”

  10. Greg L said on 19 Sep 2011 at 12:30 pm:
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    If “meet and confer” is legal for local and state government, why do Dems keep trying to get a bill passed in the General Assembly that would allow it?

  11. Harry said on 19 Sep 2011 at 1:55 pm:
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    Greg - sorry you have to defend against some of the rubbish masked as comments above. You don’t need my help doing that, you’re doing a fine job. Nonetheless….

    First - this is a blog. The author can choose to write, analyze, comment, rant, rave, or provide any other type of content that he wants. If that content doesn’t meet your expectation, don’t read it.

    Second - The SEIU is bad, period. That there may be some good that comes of it from time to time is not a good reason to jump into bed with them. As they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Third - Public unions of any kind should be eliminated. Short of that, they should certainly not be courted by a politician claiming to be a conservative. That exposes the politician to be nothing but a pandering jacka*&.

  12. Stephen Spiker said on 19 Sep 2011 at 2:49 pm:
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    Harry, my comment was not a command of Greg, merely a request. Certainly, he can say whatever he wants. As a Fairfax voter, I wish he would stick to issues concerning counties he is more knowledgeable about, and as a Republican, I wish he wouldn’t slander good conservatives based on misguided logic. I never argued he couldn’t. He owns the blog. Like Blue Virginia and Not Larry Sabato, Greg can attack conservatives all he likes in his efforts to elect Janet Oleszek.

    Second, Cook was endorsed by the Fairfax County Employees Union, not the SEIU. And their endorsement doesn’t mean Cook “jumped in bed” with them; you’re making knee-jerk assumptions without any evidence.

    Third, I agree with you. But just because you and I wish it doesn’t mean its going to happen, or anytime soon. As an activist, you can refuse to do anything that might cross your paths with that of someone in a union. Elected officials have a duty to serve their constituents, and John Cook has found a way to be fiscally conservative while working to maintain the services his constituents demand. For that, he should be celebrated, not subject to the ridiculous rantings of ankle-biters with inane demands.

  13. Padre said on 19 Sep 2011 at 6:01 pm:
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    “Meet and Confer” is quite legal and is done all over the state. I have no idea why the Dems want to pass legislation. I suspect if they do it is to guarantee that all state and local employees have the opportunity.

    Just because a practice hasn’t been codified, don’t assume it isn’t legal. We have all sorts of rights that aren’t expressly defined.

  14. Greg L said on 19 Sep 2011 at 8:23 pm:
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    Under the Dillon Rule? Not so much. Localities have to expressly been given a power in Virginia. Also of not here is that we’re talking about public sector workers. Bargaining in the private sector is certainly still permissible.

    I’m not a labor law guy, but as far as I can tell any meeting between local or state elected officials and union representatives for the purpose of discussing employment policies is considered “collective bargaining” and violates a 1977 State Supreme Court decision. The effort to allow “meet and confer” for public employee unions as best I understand it is to carve out a circumstance that otherwise would be considered collective bargaining.

    Anyone who specializes in this kind of law is more than welcome to weigh in here. Padre and I seem to have vastly different impressions about what is going on here.

  15. Padre said on 20 Sep 2011 at 6:23 am:
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    “Meet and Confer” is collaborative rather than adversarial. It ends in a MOU rather than a collective bargaining agreement. Collective bargaing, in a labor dispute, goes to binding arbitration. Meet and Confer is settled locally and never ends in strike or lockout and other forms of disrupted services.

    Yes, this is all for the public sector. Collective bargaining,of course, is illegal in Virginia. Meet and Confer is not illegal and has been done for years.

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