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. Deborah

    Never let a Crisis go to Waist!

    She is not qualified for the position!

    She is a Tax Cheat!

    She supports late term live birth abortions.....

    We don't want or need her!

    Please find someone suitable!

    April 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. kayla

    TO THE GOPS, STOP ACTING LIKE CHILDREN. IF YOU THINK THE 08 ELECTION WAS A STATEMENT, WAIT FOR THE NEXT. ELECTION. HEADS WILL BE ROLLING.

    April 27, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Jerry

    She just needs more time to correct her 1040s.

    April 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Robin

    Kathleen should go back to what she does best. Like allowing doctors to do abortions up to 7 1/2 months and not paying her taxes.

    April 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Molly

    Not that I'm a big union fan but they have a point.

    April 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Givemeabreak

    It has to be the Republicans fault!!!! You know I couldn't find two socks that matched this morning and I just blamed it on the Repubicans since that's what everyone seems to be doing these days!

    April 27, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    So let's get this straight. Obama appoints an unacceptable candidate for HHS secretary and the GOP refuses to vote for her. How does that make the GOP responsible for the swine flu? It's more of a border control issue that just happens to be manifesting itself in a new disease that has recent ly come to the US from Mexico. If Sebilius is anything like Napolitano or Geithner, we are probably better off having no one instead.

    April 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Honest Abe

    Not surprising at all. Another example of a republican attempt to disrupt any process that helps the country. Sounds very UN-AMERICAN to me!

    April 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. marty-Licoln, NE

    Well here they go again with the party ot just say "No" is up to more tricks. We should expect nothing more from these GOP but a reponse of "No" to any plan or solution that they have not come up with. We the people of the United States know what me must do in 2010 and 20012 Election lets say no and kick these fools right out of office. We will say no at the re-election and election or 2010 and 2012.

    April 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    Bipartisanship is coming back. I believe the liberal democrats and the blue dog democrats can reach compromise and that President Obama can work with both sides.

    April 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Biased

    Are they complaining that Obama does not have a Surgeon General yet either or I think I heard there is no new head of the CDC ???
    Are democrats willing to blame all for this unpreparedness or just republicans? Hypocritcal much or just choosy in your outrage??

    April 27, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. marty-Licoln, NE

    Well here they go again with the party ot just say "No" is up to more tricks. We should expect nothing more from these GOPs but a reponse of "No" to any plans or solutions that they have not come up with. We the people of the United States know what we must do in 2010 and 20012 Election lets say no and kick these fools right out of office. We will say no at the re-election and election or 2010 and 2012.

    April 27, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. gt

    no more tax cheats ,,,,, get some one new

    April 27, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Mark

    If Sebelius is confirmed, people will still get the flu, swine, bird, or other, but milions more unborn children will die when she implements the programs that she wants. The number unborn children who die every minute is close to 3. Almost every 20 seconds, another human life is snuffed out at the hands of an abortionist. That is the kind of disease that Sebelius will continue to spread and will even increase the spread of if she can.

    April 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Gene

    All this holdup just because she's pro-choice.. once again it's the religious right holding up a slam dunk candidate.

    April 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. JS

    There are a lot of possible directions to go with this one, but I'll simply ask how the SEIU justifies use of members dues for this type of lobbying, which has absolutely nothing to do with its core mission. The only possible connection – attack Republicans and thus support Democrats, because they are the ones who are supporting "Card Check and other pro-union legislation. When did dues to the SEIU become de facto donations to the Democratic Party and its positions on all issues?

    April 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Melissa

    Remember, the only time anything matters to Republicans is if someone is shooting guns at them. They don't care about environmental disasters. As evidenced by their behavior over the last 8 years and continuing to this date.

    April 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. barbara

    every single person that signs the petition and fals for this fear fongering seriously needs to have their heads checked. It is a real shame that democrats and liberals can not, no matter how hard they try, THINK for themseloves. They allow themselves to be pulled around by the nose and the ONLY people laughing at them are the democrat leaders. The rest of us (coservatives, independents and republicans) feel sorry for you but then you got what you voted for.

    April 27, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Joe

    Translation: the heat is probably on some corrupt SEIU executives for some sort of unethical behavior that you would expect from union execs. probably greed motivated. They just can't get enough luxury from the bloated salaries paid through the bload, sweat, and tears of their rank & file members. Rather than taking personal responsibility, they decide to use today's most popular scapegoat, the GoP, for their lame smokescreen/diversion.

    April 27, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. T from MO

    Calling the Republicans the party of fear has now lost the little validity it may have had. It's over – give it up.

    April 27, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Carl

    That's funny, a left wing group known for having extremists is accusing the other side of pandering to extremists....

    And news flash to the SEIU, this strain of flu has no vaccine. We are well trained to fight the spread of diseases, but humans have little say in what micro-organisms and bacteria will do.

    April 27, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Obama victim

    Looks like the SIEU has learned well from their messiah, "Never waste a good crisis...."

    April 27, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Chi Town

    What a tool...

    THE REPUBLICANS DON'T RUN CONGRESS!

    They have no say... nada...

    April 27, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. dave

    GOP is loving this they hold up is appointees and then say see he's not ready to lead. She should have been confrim last month.

    April 27, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. J.P.

    "Socialist union exploits disaster to attack policies they oppose."

    In other news today, recent studies show water is wet.

    April 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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