June 9th, 2010
12:11 AM ET
13 years ago

Unions defend backing Halter

Washington (CNN) –- Two major unions late Tuesday night defended their decisions to support Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Senate Democratic primary.

Despite the financial and grassroots support of the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, other unions and liberal activists, Halter was unable to defeat Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the runoff election.

Statement from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on tonight’s primary runoff election results in Arkansas:

“All around this country, there are hard-hit families worrying about how to pay next month’s mortgage or rent. They are using credit cards to pay for basics like food and utility bills. They are watching their hours cut and more and more jobs disappear. And they are looking for leaders who are going to stand by their side to turn the tide that is threatening to engulf American workers.

“Tonight, Sen. Lincoln won a narrow victory after a bruising runoff election where each and every day she was reminded that her success is only measured by doing right by working people and their families.

“Working families all over Arkansas supported Lt. Governor Bill Halter’s bid to be their Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate because he spoke up for them and the issues that matter: jobs, financial reform and making this economy work again for people who work.

“The tens of thousands of volunteers and activists have made their point loud and clear: If you stop fighting for working families, working families will stop fighting for you.”

Filed under: 2010 • AFL-CIO • Bill Halter • SEIU
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Brenda

    Well, I guess that the Arkansas voters made it clear that they do not want a loony left liberal in the Senate.

    This state does not support Obama and does not support Obamacare.

    Based on disapproval for Obama and Obamacare in the state........neither Democrat was going to win this senate seat again.

    However, if Halter would have won-–the win for the Republicans in November would have definitely been a lot easier.

    June 9, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Well at least the votersof Arkansas are telling this Union PAC, you spent a lot of cashsupporting Mr. or Mrs. X, more than the incumbent, and still you lose!
    Now I'm a wondering why?
    Voters are not stupid that's why concentrating as you do on Labour isssues is only part of the battle and does not win the war, nomatter how you try to play the Politic.
    The real point is you should not be able to support any specific candidate, only to express fairly and reasonably the views of the Members who you purportedly represent and support you financially and elect ( I hope your management committee) to its operations.
    I have the same opinion of pro life, pro abortion, PACs or any organisation that tries to achieve the appointment ( thru money and advertising) for a specific candidate that supports thier only specific position.
    It's wrong and I hate the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, totally flawed logic.

    June 9, 2010 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  3. lonnie

    im not anti union at all, but crap like this leaves a foul taste in my mouth.....unions should really stay out of the political arena, and instead of lobbying and campaigning with union dues (you are full of crap if you think they dont) they should probably actually do something more worthwhile for those they are supposed to serve.....

    June 9, 2010 04:02 am at 4:02 am |