All of a sudden things have gotten very interesting in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary looks vulnerable. Soros is calling in the money cavalry for Ms. Clinton. The AFL-CIO is even afraid that local chapters are going to go rogue and start endorsing Bernie Sanders. Inevitability has given way to concern if not panic in the Ready for Hillary camp.
The debates should be fun.
In a memo this week to state, central and area divisions of the labor federation, and obtained by POLITICO, the AFL-CIO chief reminded the groups that its bylaws don’t permit them to “endorse a presidential candidate” or “introduce, consider, debate, or pass resolutions or statements that indicate a preference for one candidate over another.” Even “‘personal’ statements” of candidate preference are verboten, Trumka said.
The memo comes amid signs of a growing split between national union leaders — mindful of the fact that Clinton remains the undisputed favorite for the nomination — and local officials and rank and file, who are increasingly drawn to the Democratic Party’s growing progressive wing, for whom Sanders is the latest standard-bearer.