This week the Teamsters (IBT) put out this statement about the endorsement of a presidential candidate.
(WASHINGTON) – On Tuesday, Sept. 29 the Teamsters Union General Executive Board decided to not endorse a presidential candidate at this time.
The Teamsters look forward to meeting with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and any other candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who is committed to improving the lives of America’s working families. This would include Vice President Joe Biden should he choose to run. In addition to meeting with the candidates, the union plans to survey its leaders and membership as well.
Earlier this month, the Teamsters Union launched the “Let’s Get America Working!” campaign to encourage both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to work together to focus on creating good jobs through investment in our nation’s infrastructure.
“It’s long past time for Republicans and Democrats to put aside their differences and work together for the good of our country,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “The Teamsters will work with and support any candidate who puts the needs of America’s working families above the deep pockets of their corporate donors.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information.
On the heels of Hillary opposing the Keystone pipeline, this statement comes out. It reminds me of a statement another union made, but I’m not sure which one. (could have been teachers or nurses) They talk about surveying their members. Really?
While I don’t buy into too many possibilities here, I do think it is interesting. My reflexive opinion is that it is a some great head fake. One reason it may even be stated is that Hillary is in so much trouble. Face it, Hillary is so busy covering and protecting herself that there is no doubt what comes first to her. The only person as self-centered as Hillary is Obama. (talk about ideologues)
Beyond that reflex though, is it possible they are looking at all the candidates, including Trump? I do have a few doubts. But if so it may be the best thing they’ve done in 30 years. It is now up to them to prove it is not a head fake. Since Democrats are in disarray, it could be they don’t want to rule out supporting another candidate, on the left of course. Biden would be right up their alley. And you can’t tell me they wouldn’t drool for Warren. Bernie Sanders is still on the bench warming up. I doubt they would rule him out.
“It’s past time for Repubs and Dems to put aside differences.” That’s the kind of crazy talk I expect though from Teamsters. When they do put aside differences, we the people generally get screwed by both — and not for the good of the country. Amnesty is one example. The IBT has been supporting ideologues for years, why act as if they are not drinking the Kool Aid now? Gee, it would be a little early to announce an endorsement, so it’s a pre-annnouncement not a prenuptial — more about self-relevance.
But I’m open to the potential possibilities as long as they are open to receiving feedback. (which they usually aren’t) And I’m pretty sure it was one of the teachers’ unions who set the illusion of surveying their members on a position.