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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Baby, we want your vote

Yeah, baby, you know I love

G.O.P. Makes Its Pitch to a Pivotal Union

WASHINGTON, March 20 — With the election season heating up, the Bush administration and the Republican Party used a good deal of energy and charm on Monday to woo a group that has long been part of the Democrats' base: organized labor.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska; and the Republican National Committee chairman, Ken Mehlman, spoke to the annual legislative conference of the main firefighters' union, saying they were eager to work with the union on issues of common ground.

The White House chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., had been scheduled to speak, but canceled, citing illness. Mr. Mehlman praised the union for an increasing focus on bipartisanship and said if the firefighters and other unions worked with Republicans they could achieve more of what they were seeking, including greater preparedness for emergencies.

e've sometimes disagreed, but we've always kept the dialogue open," he said. "There are areas where we can work together over the coming year."


"For those politicians who support our agenda, we will support them," Mr. Schaitberger said. "And for those who are looking to roll back the rights and improvements we've earned, we'll oppose them at every turn."

He criticized Mr. Bush for proposing to eliminate federal financing to hire additional first responders.

Mr. Schaitberger has revamped his union's political contribution so that 35 percent went to Republicans in 2004, up from 9 percent in 2000.

"We have one party that doesn't really care for us as labor and another that takes us for granted," he said. "I'm not sure which is worse."

They will make promises, like they do with black people, but they will never deliver. They will never turn on their main supporters to deliver anything to you.

The just want to neutralize you.

posted by Steve @ 12:00:00 AM

12:00:00 AM

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