SEIU’s Spin on MA Senate: If Only They Had Passed Single Payer

By January 20, 2010Labor Unions

SEIU President Andy Stern spins the result of the Senate election in Massachusetts and says the Democrat defeat was a result of timidity in Washington. He’s whirling in a counterclockwise direction:

The reason Ted Kennedy’s seat is no longer controlled by a Democrat is clear: Washington’s inability to deliver the change voters demanded in November 2008. Make no mistake, political paralysis resulted in electoral failure.
During the past year, Republicans refused to do anything but stand in the way of change and Democratic Senators took too long to do too little. And tonight, the Senate bears the consequences for its failure to act decisively but the American people are the ones left paying the price. If our elected officials don’t recognize that every day more working families fall victim to Washington’s failure to act, the elections next November will result in the same.

This is preposterous. To be taken seriously, Stern should acknowledge that the SEIU and other labor unions mobilized their forces on behalf of Coakley. The SEIU ran its own radio spots, TV commercial, and spent $759,000 in a single week in the campaign.

Voters rejected them. From card check to public option, Massachusetts voters rejected organized labor’s policies, and the SEIU and Stern can’t spin that away.

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