Labor Leader Joins Bernie Sanders’ Campaign, Citing Clinton’s ‘Silence’ On Fast Track

The Huffington Post has the article Labor Leader Joins Bernie Sanders’ Campaign, Citing Clinton’s ‘Silence’ On Fast Track.

Larry Cohen, outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post he will serve as an unpaid volunteer stumping for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks the Democratic nomination. One of the main factors in his decision, Cohen said, was Clinton’s equivocation on granting President Barack Obama so-called fast-track authority on his mammoth trade deal.

“I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” said Cohen, whose 10 years leading CWA came to an end in June. “We begged her to speak out.

“There was a million ways she could have done it. … Why was she silent on this?”

Cohen said Clinton’s hesitation on fast track “won’t be forgotten” anytime soon.

“We’re not a rubber stamp for the Democratic Party,” Cohen said of organized labor, “and certainly not for corporate Democrats.”

I think this news is a big deal. I can imagine the Clinton camp attacking this retiring labor leader for his stance. However, such an attack would violate the first law of holes. “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.”

I had no idea that some in the labor movement had tried so hard to get Clinton to break her silence on the TPP. That’s one of the things that makes this such a big deal.

I could see the Sanders campaign using some political jujitsu on Clinton, if they don’t think this tactic would be negative campaigning. They could say that “Some people call Clinton a corporate Democrat.” One of the signs of this is that she takes large donations from large corporations. She could disprove the corporate label by refusing such contributions, but that would take away one of her major advantages over Sanders. Either choice she makes, continuing to take corporate money or refusing to take corporate money, would be a bad one for her campaign.

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