Saturday, April 10, 2010

A new third (fourth) party in North Carolina?

Seriously? This report strains credulity....

But here is the newspaper story right here.... so it must be true, right?

In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told.

SEIU officials setting up the new party, called North Carolina First, are currently on the ground collecting signatures to qualify as a state party, SEIU officials tell me, adding that there are around 100 canvassers on the ground right now. The goal: To have the party up and running so candidates can run in this fall’s elections.


Anonymous said...

sounds similar to the Working Families Party in NY, though you'd imagine NY would be a more promising jurisdiction for a labor party than NC

Tom said...

I love the phrase "working families." It's never defined, but I'm pretty sure that what I do doesn't count as work (until I don't do it).

A hundred canvassers?! Wow. A 100 good ones could gather the roughly 150K sigs in time for the counties to grudgingly verify the 85K good ones in the list, but it's still going to be tight. Good luck guys.

After they fail, maybe they'll try to join our law suit (already at the state supreme court level).

Anonymous said...

The version I've heard that makes most sense to me is that this isn't SEIU's idea, it's the head of SEANC (the NC state employees' organization) looking for some cheap publicity and using the SEIU brand to get it. (Nobody outside NC would care otherwise.)

Apparently this guy (Dana Cope, I think) "affiliated" SEANC with SEIU a couple years ago. Which gains SEIU nothing but more impressive enrollment numbers, as NC public employees are not permitted to join unions.

So "working" in this case means "state government employee". Make of that what you will.

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