Yesterday's announcement by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Won't Co-Sponsor DREAM Act) took about as much political courage as affixing a flag pin to her outfit. She is honoring a request by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299--the chapter that represents the University of California's non-academic laborers--for all commencement speakers to boycott graduation ceremonies because AFSCME workers are getting screwed by the regents.
"My family roots are in organized labor and, in good conscience, I cannot and will not cross the picket line to speak," Sanchez stated for an AFSCME Local 3299 statement.
By "family roots," of course, she meant "political war chest."
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Loretta depends on Big Labor's money to survive like Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown needs ignorant Catholics (going to drop something on you tomorrow--I'm warning you, Brownie). According to campaign finance records for the 2008 election cycle reviewed by theWeekly
, unions that made it into the top 100 of Loretta's donors gave $266,600 (not a typo--perhaps a sign from God?) to Sanchez's campaign--including a nice $6,000 donation by the AFSCME Local 3299's mother group. In the 2010 campaign, Big Labor has already sent $138,500 among her top 100 donors--and AFSCME passed along $5,000 to Loretta.
In fact, in the course of her political career, the AFSCME has showered Loretta with an astounding $54,500. Having Loretta boycott a speech on behalf of her political papis is laughable and takes no courage--and is therefore not a commendable move at all. Want to win fans, Loretta? Stand with DREAM Act students, not those who pull your strings...