In writing the piece on John Sweeney yesterday, we ran across his Wikipedia entry which noted — accurately, as it turns out, that when he ran for President of the AFL-CIO, he ran on the “New Voice” ticket. Recall the context: They were trying to force out Lane Kirkland, then President of the AFL-CIO, who Sweeney & Co. thought had hung on just a little too long. He was about 73 at the time. And so what was one of the planks of the New Voice platform? That no one over age 70 could run for any executive office in the AFL-CIO. Funny how that got dropped somewhere along the way. Sweeney ran for President just a little over a year ago at age 71.
Life is great when you’re not burdened by consistency.
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