January 9th, 2008
02:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama gets Culinary endorsement

(CNN) - The Nevada local of the Culinary Workers Union gave its official backing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama today in Las Vegas. The backing of the 60,000-member union is a major boon to Obama’s campaign in a state where there are fewer than half a million registered Democrats and causes are, as elsewhere, generally sparsely attended.

Nevada’s Democratic caucuses will be held January 19.

The announcement came just hours after the Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union, with its membership of 17,500, also announced that it was endorsing Obama. The national SEIU announced recently that it would not be endorsing a candidate, leaving locals in each state to make their own decision.

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Patricia

    Since when did being a first lady (or is it first mistress?) become an experience to run for the highest public office? Look where Bill Clinton's experience took America...We became the laughing stock even among 3rd World Countries. I still cannot forget the editorial cartoons and comics that spawned out of the ORAL office boo boo and his testimony to Kenneth Starr's panel. When Hillary showed emotion, it brought back the bare face lie of Bill Clinton... "I did not have s_x with that woman..."

    January 10, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  2. Velvet Garriques

    Nevada keep it strong! We need our union representation back. What you all have done is monumental and courageous early in the game. You have set the stage for the new and improved labor movement that will move across the country, and help americans keep their jobs from moving overseas. We have a new Organization called OPIC! Organization of Imports coming in the country. So all those companies moving your businesses overseas it's going to cost you to import your goods back into the US! You have betrayed the american people with selfishness, and greed, now it's time time to pay the piper. New Jersey your next you have a strong union presence there. So don't disappoint us! To all unions Nevada has taken the lead you must follow dilligently and unconditionally. We must step up our strategic ability to address the core issues facing americans in the labor markets and industries. create and develpo insights and innovation in our labor sectors, flexibility, resilience and being persistent even under adversity. review our international labor laws governed by the united nations, continue to advocate for human rights, learning to adapt to a changing economical structure, remain optimistic. Building on human capital and management. Make effective use of technology on american soil, ensure access to and security of technology systems. Unite and enforce managing a multisector workforce and a variety of work systems and resources. Build superior organizations and develop improved products and services to the american people. Accomplish organizational strategies and recommendations, renew understanding between union members and appropriately apply principles, procedures, requirement, regulations and re-establish policies related to specialized expertise. Building coalitions partnering with networks and alliances; collaborate accross boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Influence negotiating process, persuade others; build consensus through give and take, gain honest, competitive cooperation from others to obtain pertinent information and accomplish laborforce goals. We need to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of our labor movements and organizations. In which one percieves organizational and political reality and acts accordingly with political savvy. Remember our commitment to Fair Labor Standards Acts, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Equal employment Opportunity Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act. With our votes we can lead the nation to change leading the people, results driven execellent business acumen and let us continue to build unified coalitions. Go Unions go.

    January 10, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Hillary + Bloomberg= Republican Win for President

    This is really going to be a very sad situation for working class Americans. What Hillary and Bill Clinton is doing will tear this country apart. New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg will run for president if Hillary is nominated. What does that mean? It means Bloomberg will be to democrats what Ross Perot was to the Republicans, namely the spoiler which allowed the opposition party to take the white house. So ultimately, a vote for Hillary is a vote for the Republicans. Barack or Edwards is the only hope for Democrats to reclaim the white house. Unfortunately, because of our loyalty to Barack and Clinton, the Democratic Party will only lose in the end if Hillary is nominated.

    January 10, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  4. Ryan

    How are people being fooled by this walking phrasebook called Obama? The last time this country had charismatic and inspirational candidate versus an experienced albeit robotic candidate we had Bush v. Gore, and I think we all found out hard who was the better candidate. One thing that irked me about his speech last night was a recurring line he said about his campaign, "there's something happening here tonight." Yes indeed, there is SOMETHING happening, but can Obama run a country based on "something?" What Obama needs is substance behind his words because unfortunately we can't change with hope and magic, we need planning, intelligence and ultimately experience. In my opinion, Hillary Clinton has these traits and IS ready to lead this country.

    January 10, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  5. d. amos

    Why do people seem to readily accept Hillary Clinton's claim that being First Lady for eight years constitutes experience that qualifies her to become President of the United States? She appears to be selectively taking credit for the accomplishments of the Clinton administration but not its failures. Just exactly what her role was during her husband's presidency? Why don't they make their records available for inspection, instead of claiming they are helpless to do so? Hillary Clinton claims to have foreign policy experience because she has visited 80 countries, mostly as First Lady. Don't First Ladies accompany Presidents on these trips anyway? Since when have foreign trips of First Ladies become foreign policy experience? Why doesn't she talk more about her actual experience during the Clinton presidency – the health care fiasco that she presided over? If Hillary Clinton claims to have acted as co-president (two for the price of one), thus giving her the edge of experience, are the Clintons then fooling the entire nation and circumventing the law by seeking a third term for their co-presidency?

    January 10, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  6. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Dan, MA, that is possibly the best post I've ever read on this website. Well done.

    January 10, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  7. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    South Carolina, Hillary is NOT ahead in the delegate count. Obama: 25, Clinton: 24.

    T, after what we witnessed in New Hampshire the other night, you're actually using another POLL to prove Obama won't take Nevada? Surely you jest.

    January 10, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  8. Daniel

    I think the endorsement will mean more than some think. Culinary 226 is not the typical Union. They have a pretty effective political program and even got some members elected to state government. They put boots on the ground and their great work building a middle-class standard of living for those working in the hospitality/gaming industry results in most of the members believing in the judgment of their leadership. Barack Obama has traveled to meet with and support 226 at least 8 times already. This union member(I am a Unite Here union member) believes that Barack will stand the best chance of getting independents and in-play republicans to come over to ensure a victory for the democrats. The core democrats will vote for either verse any republican. Hillary is the status quo and is a polarizer who will rally the republicans and have independents considering the republicans as well, which in turn would mean a tougher road for democrats.

    As far as the negative comments on Unions posted by some on this board, I totally disagree. History has shown the contribution of Unions in building the middle class and bringing rights and benefits not only for their members, but to workers as a whole. For example, Unions helped bring social security, unemployment insurance, child labor laws, overtime, the 8 hour work day, workplace safety laws and other great protections to workers everywhere, including non-members. Some of the biggest housing booms in history happened after heavy Union organizing. There was a time that owning a home and a car was out of reach for most Americans. The auto industry and then the aeronautical industry being unionized resulted in an enormous increase in working class folks buying homes. We owe Unions a great deal for being a voice for workers. If there were no Unions to counter corporate greed and power, this country would be in much worse shape and the middle class would be reduced significantly. People who join together collectively are doing the right thing when faced with the unchecked corporate hijacking of this country. When low-wage earners learn that their industries are raking in billions off their sweat and demand their fair share of the wealth they create, I applaud them. Thats being smart. There are times when the corrupt practices of a few hurt the movement, but they are the minority. There are less corrupt unions than corporations by a long shot. If working families standing together and demanding a fair share of the wealth they create is the work of a "special interest", than that is an interest I would sign up for every time. Obama, lets take it to the corporados. YES WE CAN!!!

    Proud Union member of UNITE HERE Local 5

    January 10, 2008 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  9. mbruno

    The right-wing Republican media knows Obama is extremely vulnerable in a general election because of his lack of experience and his Muslim background (his unfavorable ratings are already high for a basically unknown candidate and will get increasingly higher as the general election campaign unfolds). That is why some Republican-leaning cable networks are going out of their way to prop up Obama's candidacy and depict him as the new JFK. As for Hillary, she has been the victim of the most vicious media attacks ever in American politics, not to mention all the outrageously sexist remarks by her opponents on the campaign trail (e.g. Obama's unbelievable "tea drinking" remark in Iowa and his arrogant "you're likable enough" comment in the NH debate). Ironically, all that hatred direct against Hillary (illustrated BTW by several Obama supporters' comments on this board) has galvanized women voters and made them rally behind the senator from NY. Clinton finally found not only her voice, but also her core constituency.

    January 10, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  10. Jack K.

    Las Vegas culinary union member:

    You guys are idiots!!

    This man has never worked an hourly job in HIS LIFE!!

    As a Harvard graduate, it isn't likely even any of his friends ended up in restaraunt management!!

    What makes you think he is capable of understanding–or exercising any of his political will on your behalf??

    What a bunc of idiots!!

    The only candidate who: 1. has refused special interest money; 2. has pledged in public–to aggressive protect the interests of hourly workers in America; 3. consistently shown that level of commitment on the public record for over 8 years!!!-is John Edwards.

    Even though your Union Leadership wants to suck-up to a Harvard grad with "high-level" connections–when it comes voting time–you are your own person. My union, my party, my wife–nobody tells me how to vote!!!

    I vote for the best person–regardless of party or what anybody else thinks!!!

    January 10, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. chedar88

    No wonder Kerry lost to Bush.

    January 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. kimdy

    I think all the people blathering about how Hillary can "unite" people, and can "sway the republicans" to her side are really not looking at the whole picture here. The Republicans HATE Hillary, and to an enormous extent, Bill. They spent the entire 8 years of Bill's presidency doing everything they could to stymie the administration, block progress, appoint prosecutors, open investigations, belittle, beleaguer, and otherwise halt anything progressive. Yes, he was flawed in his personal life, you bet'cha, but the sheer amount of blocking above and beyond his err, personal issues, was astonishing. Hillary was a large focus of all the above, just as much as Bill.

    Now Karl Rove is supporting her... Hugely transparent.

    Again, the Republicans are wetting their pants at the idea of having Hillary to kick around. Daschle said Obama is a "clean slate" – Hillary is not.

    Think about it, who do the republicans MOST want to see get the nomination, and who do they have the most "dirt" (made up or real) on?


    What, in the WORLD, makes you think that someone as universally disliked across the aisle, not to mention her extremely high negatives across the country in the electorate, could ever, in a million years, get anything done with all the obstacles that will be put in her way, all the genuine loathing that they feel for her, etc.?

    I'm sure she'd be a fine President, in a better world – But we don't live in a better world, and they're not suddenly going to give up hating her if she wins.

    Yes, Republicans like to stymie ALL Democrats (probably even Obama), and the reverse is just as true, but there's a particularly hungry loathing for the Clintons'. NOTHING will get done, just more insults, more partisanship, more abuse, more finger pointing, more blocking things just because... I cringe at the thought.

    At least Obama has quite a bit of respect across the aisle. Of all the folks running, when looked at realistically, he's the only one I think COULD reach out, and with that quiet, but firm voice, get the opposition to "go along"...

    It scares me to think of another 4 or 8 years with all the partisan, angry, hatred of "gotta get the Clintons'" no matter what happens to the rest of the country in the meantime.

    January 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Dennis

    I would not vote for Obama after checking out the web site for his church. I believed what I was hearing and fell for it all until I watched Oprah and checked out the site. If he wins the nomination we are all in trouble. I would have to vote Republican or not at all.

    January 12, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  14. Crystal Irby

    In regards to experience:

    Including his years in the Illnois state legislature Barack Obama has 11 years of political experience to Hillary Clinton's 8 years. Now, if you include her years as 1st lady, she has him beat.

    January 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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