April 27th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

SEIU draws upon swine flu to attack GOP senators

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the department's new leader.
The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the department's new leader.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Service Employees International Union launched an online movement Monday attacking Republican senators for blocking the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary in the wake of the recent swine flu pandemic.

The SEIU accuses GOP senators of holding up the vote "to curry favor with extremist roots," and invokes Hurricane Katrina to urge visitors of the Web site to sign the petition.

"This disease is spreading as we speak, but right now, a Bush-appointed accountant is running the department," the union says on its website. "We need an HHS Secretary NOW. Sign the petition telling the Senate to vote immediately to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. If we don't act, the swine flu might just turn into another Hurricane Katrina."

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Sebelius as the department's new leader.


Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Swine Flu
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Bob from Kentucky

    Amen. Consent to the Sebelius nomination now! Just say NO to the party of NO!

    April 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. steve

    Have we no decency? Will the left wingers politicize anything to try to gain votes?

    April 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Steve

    SEIU is one to talk about responsibility for this!?! They push amnesty for illegals and open borders with every waking breath! Where do you think this flu outbreak is coming from?????? (hint - people coming from Mexico)

    April 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Matthew

    I agree she should have been confirmed already, but let's be serious. Obama spent 5 hours golfing yesterday. Maybe he could have stayed in at the White House to monitor is looking to be a pretty serious pandemic.

    April 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Kimberly

    The gop cares NOTHING about this country or Americans living in it! They are only worried about spreading fear and disease! This is a clear case of them basiccally HOPING this spreads so they can blame Obama. They are a dangerous extremist party and need to be stopped before this destroy this country any further. Its SHAMEFUL and DISGUSTING!!!

    April 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Lynn

    Republican Susan Collins also refused to vote for the stimulous package unless the millions of dollars for pandemic funding was removed.

    Karl Rove also ridiculed the money as well.

    April 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. steve

    Republican Party does not have the best interest of this country.
    There only agenda is to bring down the president of the united state.
    Call them unpatriotic .

    April 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. obama/mama

    GOP are a bunch of idiots

    April 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Zaggs

    Isnt this the third nominee for the post after the first two were found to be tax cheats? Also since the disease is coming from beyond out borders wouldn't a tighter immigration policy have helped stop the spread? Otherwise its just another baseless democrat attack from the hyper partisan SEIU. Guess they want some of the HHS money as well as what they got in porkulus.

    April 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. ANGIE IN PA

    THE GOP NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE POWER AND HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO RUN THINGS!

    April 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. indiana voter

    I think it is funny to hear Democrats accuse Republicans of using fear in their ads and then they run ads using their own fear tactics. Pretty hypocritical of Democrats, but what else do you expect from Democrats.

    April 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Had It

    Grand Obstructionist Party – didn't even want funding for prevention and cure.

    April 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Calis

    "Bush appointed-accountant"

    I can FEEL the disdain from them just reading it.

    I'm a democrat and I feel that this crosses a line. Let's try to not resort to emotional blackmail to get what we want, please.

    April 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. vicky

    We would have had one by now if all of the candidates had not been corrupt. Sebelius is no different, are there no honest people in DC anymore?? As for you Union guys, well you suck the big one, really.

    April 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. southerncousin

    If it were not so typically union and believed by the libs, this would be real funny. Just goes to show you the depths to which these liberal supporting organizations will go and add vote against the ECAF.

    April 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Didn't the REPUBLICANS also take out flu preparedness money out of the stim package???

    April 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. LIP

    Why all the flap over a little disease. After all, President Obama said it was nothing to worry about at this time.
    Besides, doesn't Sebelius have a lot of extra baggage that needs to be inspected closely?

    April 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Minnesotan

    AMEN!

    April 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    Good thing the SEIU doesn't stoop to fear-mongering. Only Super-Sebelius can save us! Politicians are peas in a pod – what they ALL want is your money.

    April 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Citizen Kane

    Who better to tackle the swine flu problem than a useless pig herself?!

    April 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. tiniolives

    not surprising at all

    April 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. RealityKing

    How is Obama's unstaffed adminstration going to protect us against anything, much less health hazards?? Not to mention their open border policy..

    April 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. jaye

    Just more of the same from the Obstructionist Republicans.

    April 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Glennis

    Is it the fault of the GOP that it seems to be tough finding qualified people to fill the department and that it's woefully unfit to handle any large scale emergency? Nope. You can lay that squarely on the shoulders of this bumbling, incompetent administration.

    April 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. demwit

    Image that..., more case of swine flu in the US than in Mexico.

    April 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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