Labor’s endorsement: the kiss of death?

“It might be time for the public-employee unions to go on a retreat and rethink both their tactics and their goals. The politicians they’re backing aren’t exactly winning points by running on platforms of allowing transit strikes and maintaining the status quo on public pensions.”

—Willie Brown, in the San Francisco Chronicle. Brown was talking about the San Diego mayor’s race. A pro-labor Democrat went down in flames against a Republican. 

It’ll be interesting to see how labor issues play out in Stockton, where excessive public employee compensation contributed to the city’s bankruptcy. Will the fiscally prudent candidates denounce challengers fueled by union money? Or do the incumbents value peace with the workforce?

It’ll be one of three things to watch for. 1). Pro labor candidates. 2). Suporters of Mayor Anthony Silva. 3). the incompetents from the fringe. If voters can keep these elements at bay, the city is go for recovery.

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