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Last night's endorsement by the labor-dominated Working Families Party of Andrew Cuomo, a governor who helped to engineer a Republican controlled New York Senate despite the fact that voters had elected 33 Democrats and 30 Republicans to that body, and who had earlier also signed on to one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in America that was designed to maintain Republican control of the New York Senate for the next decade. But this isn't about Cuomo, this is about the fact that the New York State AFL-CIO would seem to have had as much to play in this as Cuomo. Details below the fold:

In the 2012 general election, the New York AFL-CIO made many endorsements for the New York Assembly and Senate races. Here is a list:

I would like to present the ten AFL-CIO endorsed Republican Senate candidates, all of whom won, along with the partisan lean of the district based on Obama's 2012 vote fraction, obtained from this wonderful diary:

Sen. District    Candidate                   Obama %
1                 Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I)   51.5
6                 Kemp Hannon (R-C-I)          55.3
8                 Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-C-I) 56.3
9                 Dean G. Skelos (R)              54
24               Andrew J. Lanza (R-C-I)       40.7
51               James Seward (R-C-I)          51.2
52               Thomas Libous (R-C-I)         50.3
54               Michael Nozzolio (R-C-I)       50.6
56               Joseph Robach (R-C-I)         61
62               George D. Maziarz (R-C-I)     48.5

(Since then, one of the Republicans, Charles Fuschillo, has resigned, and the vacancy has not been filled.)

As you can see, eight of the ten districts were actually carried by Barack Obama, and in one of the other two Obama got 48.5% of the vote. Only Andrew Lanza's south Staten Island district is a truly red district and Lanza is indeed as good as you will ever get out of that area. (I predict that Lanza will run for Congress for Grimm's seat as soon as the Rethugs or the Dems bounce Grimm and he will be a tough candidate for us to beat.) But the rest? This is nine seats; had they gone D there would be 34 Democrats in the Democratic caucus for a 63 member body assuming none of them defected to the IDC.

True, none of these ten are teabaggers and all of them are sane. But lets get real about what a Republican New York Senate means: No progressive legislation and Andrew Cuomo gets his austerity budgets enacted.

I would love to hear someone from the New York AFL-CIO respond either in a comment or a diary.


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  •  This doesn't sound good. Why are they doing this? (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, charliehall2, Mannie

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention Charlie. The more I hear about Andrew Cuomo, the less I like about him.

    Who is the alternative?

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    by HoundDog on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:05:25 PM PDT

  •  Sigh. (9+ / 0-)

    New York is not as simple as all that.  Never has been, never will be.

    New York - unlike most of the country, has mainly moderate, relatively sane Republican politicians, many of which surprisingly tend to support organized labor.

    This is what happens when you have a relatively high percentage of your workforce unionized and labor still has political power.  Most Republicans can't just automatically trash labor here as they can in other states.

    As such, in general, many unions in New York tend to walk a fine line between pushing for Democratic politicians to be elected where possible while not alienating labor-friendly incumbent Republicans in strong GOP districts that have no chance of losing their seats.

    This is essentially like labor everywhere used to function when it came to politics before Republicans everywhere else started screwing over unions after Reagan showed them it was ok.

    Essentially, our state is odd because our politics didn't change as much as elsewhere.

    But I agree many of the unions here could do a better job of getting more Democrats elected.

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:28:24 PM PDT

  •  Just because it's an Obama district.. (7+ / 0-)

    doesn't mean anything. Republicans often overperform downballot in NE.

    TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D). Senate ratings map (as of 3/10/14)

    by Le Champignon on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:40:12 PM PDT

    •  This. (4+ / 0-)

      Anyone who knows NY politics knows Dean Skelos is popular in his own district - as are many of the others the diarist pointed out.

      New York is a different animal compared to the rest of the nation because we have mainly moderate Republicans, with a smattering of a few wingnuts from upstate.  Obamas performance in a state Senate district is by no means an indication that the district would be competitive for a Democratic challenger.

      "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

      by Darth Stateworker on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 08:58:44 PM PDT

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  •  Please explain (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, Mannie

    I'm sorry, can someone please explain what the (R C I) after the name stands for?  Thx

  •  Cuomo has been as big a disappointment to me (5+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, Mannie, corvo, Odysseus, quill

    As President Obama.  I'm sorry to say, but when I voted for each of these men, I expected to get better Democrats.  I always knew Cuomo was suspect, but the president has disappointed me, twice, in very profound and personal ways. For the first time in 30 years of voting straight ticket dem (without hesitation, questioning or vetting- yes my complacency) I feel like I don't know my party any longer.

  •  A second thought. (4+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, corvo, quill, Dirtandiron

    It should also be noted that "organized labor" is not a homogenous group to begin with.  Different unions have different goals - as we saw last night during the WFP convention.  Some of the unions involved in the WFP wanted the Cuomo endorsement, some didn't.

    I'll say the one that shocked me the most about being pro-Cuomo last night was the UFT.  Teachers have been pissed about budget cuts, Common Core, charter schools, and the evaluation scheme Cuomo has pushed, so how the leadership of the major teachers union for NYC teachers thought it was a good idea to endorse Cuomo - fuck if I know.

    I'm going to bet those UFT leaders will now have hell to pay from their members after that bullshit.  

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 09:35:05 PM PDT

    •  How does organized labor (0+ / 0-)

      fall out on fracking?  This is a vital concern for the Northeast, and its clear that the pipeline companies are trying to set up the Marcellus to bring the radioactive gas to market in Asia.

      This will create an environmental disaster for the state of epic proportions, and ruin aquifers- due to total regulation capture in terms of FERC etc.

      The labor unions send big hefty guys to talk down participants in hearings.  While I've always supported unions, this is weird because some of the oil/gas tycoons are supporting union bustin activities in other places.

      What's going to happen to the moritorium?  Is there support for this among so called moderate republicans?

      •  Any natural gas produced in New York (1+ / 0-)
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        would probably be consumed in New York City by our huge electric power plants here -- specifically, the Ravenswood Generating Station. There are no currently operating natural gas export terminals to send gas outside the US other than to Canada and Mexico via pipeline.

        And nobody has suggested allowing hydrofracking in public water supply areas, at least in New York State. There is probably less reason to oppose it here, as at least for the moment we don't have a water shortage.

      •  AFAIK the New York AFL-CIO (0+ / 0-)

        has no position on fracking. It does support more solar and wind power, and opposes closing the Indian Point nuclear plant. I agree with them on both.

      •  As with everything (0+ / 0-)

        it depends on the union.

        Trade unions that would likely benefit from new jobs tend to be for it.  Others - against it.

        This is to be expected.  At the end of the day, getting their members good paying jobs is job one for any union, with ideological issues in second place.

        I can't fault the trade unions for that, even if I don't agree with fracking.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 02:45:00 PM PDT

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    •  The teacher's unions are really inside the (2+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, Darth Stateworker

      nutcracker. The Republicans are big on cutting funding and privatizing. Obama's gut, Arne Duncan, is all about charter schools and privatizing.  (as is Cuomo.)
         Teachers have nobody worth supporting except maybe at the local level.
          Teachers should probably spend their campaign money on beer.

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