Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Randi, the Fairest (Labor leader) of them all --WikiLeaks on Hillary Campaign and Randi

“This might annoy Trumka and Lily,” Budzinski wrote. “But honestly, Randi’s early endorsement deserves a lot of credit.” A staffer responded, “We will really upset folks if this feels contrived as part of a big plan that is taking on Trumka.” 

What The Clinton Campaign Talks About When It Talks About Labor: Emails show what the left can expect from a Clinton presidency....  Based on the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks so far, here’s a breakdown of the informal pecking order, from the bottom of the pile — those organizing hourly workers at Walmart and fast-food chains — to the top, where major union presidents get plenty of time at the candidate’s ear.... Buzzfeed on wikileaks report

The coziness between Weingarten and the Clinton camp even led to worries over the appearance of favoring her over other labor heavyweights, like the leaders of the AFL-CIO union federation and National Education Association, another teachers’ union.
In July 2015, Budzinski exchanged emails with the campaign on the optics of having Weingarten introduce Clinton at an upcoming labor reception, worrying that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and NEA President Lily Eskelsen García might feel upstaged.
“This might annoy Trumka and Lily,” Budzinski wrote. “But honestly, Randi’s early endorsement deserves a lot of credit.” A staffer responded, “We will really upset folks if this feels contrived as part of a big plan that is taking on Trumka.”
Podesta concurred: “I think this is actually a problem. More natural if she takes a couple questions and Randi is recognized in that setting. If we want to avoid that, ie questions, I think best to just to recognize her. Otherwise, very hard not to piss people off.”
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook agreed, writing, “it’s going to create tension if Randi gets special attention.” Ultimately, Weingarten did not end up introducing Clinton, who instead gave the union chief a shout-out in her speech.
Tuesday, Weingarten told BuzzFeed News, “You see the kind of bumping and grinding in these emails that you would normally see in a race.”
“Frankly, people were really really spirited,” she said. “Both the Hillary and Bernie supporters. And I’m really grateful that most of us have come together, including Bernie. We were very proud of what we did in July, we’re really proud of Hillary, and we’re proud of what’s going on now.”
 https://www.buzzfeed.com/coralewis/what-the-clinton-campaign-talks-about-when-it-talks-about-la?utm_term=.ylkb2Gkj2#.ju3NQ4AdQ

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1 comment:

  1. Bumping and grinding. Yeah, you go, Randi.

    How about a little bump and grind for the rank and file?

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