McDonnell, Bolling Snub SEIU
GOP gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), announced today they will not fill out the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) questionnaire because, they say, the organization wants to undermine Virginia's right-to-work law.
"The SEIU's opposition to Virginia's Right to Work law and their advocacy for Card Check puts them on the wrong side of the best interests of both Virginia's workers and employers," McDonnell said. "I will not answer a questionnaire from a group that is openly hostile to secret ballot elections and free choice as to whether to join a union when a worker gets a job."
The SEIU uses its questionnaire, which is due today, to help it determine which candidates it should back in this year's state races.
The SEIU traditionally supports Democratic candidates, but by ignoring the questionnaire McDonnell and Bolling are sending another signal they plan campaign this fall on a platform of preventing unions from gaining a larger foothold in Virginia.
Virginia is one of 22 states where workers can decide if they want to join a union. But unions have been pouring unprecendeted resources into the Virginia Democratic Party, causing McDonnell to argue they will push to overturn right-to-work should a Democratic be elected governor this fall.
All three Democratic candidates for governor, however, are on record supporting Virginia's right-to-work statue.
March 20, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Robert F. McDonnell , Tim Craig
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