The new civility comes to Massachusetts again. First it was Mike “The Penguin” Capuano with his hate speech and now the Commonwealth’s Labor Czar is declaring war on the governor of Wisconsin.
Politicians and taxpayer advocates blasted Gov. Deval Patrick’s labor czar yesterday for attending a pro-union rally and declaring “war” on Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining crackdown — saying the administration’s open union support doesn’t serve taxpayers’ interests.
“The administration is not on the side of the taxpayer. … It’s been on the side of the unions and special interests,” said state Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), who co-sponsored a bill on Beacon Hill that would strip some collective bargaining rights from state employees. “The rhetoric really needs to be toned down.”
Patrick officials scrambled to distance themselves yesterday from comments by state Department of Labor chief George Noel, who told the crowd at a union rally Saturday: “Make no mistake about it. We are at war.”
It goes without saying that had the same sentence been uttered by a Republican, the usual suspects on the left would have the vapoers and the footage put on a continuous loop on MSNBC.
Former SEIU boss, Andy Stern, is reportedly part of an FBI corruption probe. Stern, the most frequent guest of the Obama White House in 2009, is also a member of Obama’s Fiscal Commission.
WASHINGTON — The feds are probing former labor leader Andy Stern — one of the most frequent visitors to the Obama White House last year — in a corruption investigation of the Service Employees International Union, according to sources who have been interviewed and media reports.
The FBI and Labor Department investigators are examining $150,000 in fees that an ex-California union boss got as part of an alleged no-work job, and are looking into the details of a $175,000 advance that Stern got in a deal for his book, “A Country That Works.”
Stern, who unexpectedly quit his union post last summer, was the top visitor to the White House in 2009, going there 24 times that year alone.
The White House had no response.
Natch. Let the stonewalling begin.