I was a rep in a union, and I asked the person in charge of the union’s political action committee what the union does in situations like this, where the candidate clearly doesn’t represent working people. Are we open to supporting third parties in these situations and not giving financial support to right wing Democrats (which is a good portion of them)? His response was that there were times when the union supports Republicans. Not what I was asking or wanted to hear. The problem with many unions today is often those leading them, they are often part of the Democratic establishment, and they often ask for very little when it comes to supporting a politician. Many of them will openly celebrate for a candidate when they win that supports policies that have decimated both unions in general and working people. Even if a politician works with a union or unions, if their policies harm working people, shouldn’t the union stand up for working people, or do they simply fight for their own particular best interests as an institution (or at the very least, as determined by those running the union)? Since the unions largely got rid of the radicals and since they’ve just often become another cog in the Democratic Party machinery, I have little faith in the revival of unions, at least as they are currently constructed. Any union that supported Lipinski can piss off, they might claim that he has worked with them, but they aren’t fighting for workers in general and they should be.
Also, kind of obvious, but Pelosi and the DCCC are just downright rotten. My god, they stand for everything wrong with this political system and their party. It is people like Lipinski, Pelosi, Schumer and the like that make the Democrats the pathetic opposition party that they are, and Lipinski wouldn’t be where he is if it wasn’t for the rank and file Democrats in the “blue” state of Illinois supporting him.