September 28th, 2010
01:16 AM ET
12 years ago

Union steps up to turn out Dems

(CNN) - Democrats, poised to be dealt heavy losses in November's midterm elections, are getting some help from a union ally.

The AFL-CIO is trying to turn out some of its 11.5 million members–the majority of whom are Democrats–by hitting 3.5 million them this week with flyers attacking Republican candidates running in House, Senate and gubernatorial races.

The massive union is targeting candidates in 40 congressional districts, 15 Senate races and 11 gubernatorial contests. The organization mailed nearly 4.5 million pieces in the last two weeks.

"We have been testing and refining the mail program here for decades, and have found it's much more effective among union members than the general public," AFL-CIO Political Communication Director Eddie Vale said in a statement. "The reason being that they see it as a communication from a trusted source, their union, that they want to read, rather than random piece of mail like the general public sees it."

In Connecticut, the mailer targeting GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, depicts a masked wrestler flying face down onto a group of adults standing inside of a wrestling ring. The boldface text reads: "Don't let Linda McMahon put the smack down on Connecticut workers."

In California, where former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is the Republican nominee for governor, the mailer asks: "Why would a billionaire CEO like Meg Whitman, who didn't vote for 28 years, suddenly spend over $150 million to become governor?"

Vale said the group's direct mail efforts will continue through Election Day.

Filed under: 2010 • AFL-CIO • Democrats
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    I would like to know who came up with " Democrats, poised to be dealt heavy losses in November's midterm elections". Of all the people I know (friends/family/co-workers) not one person thinks the rethugs are worthy of one single vote and they think they tried to destroy not just our economy but the country thanks to the shrub and his cronies.. Never mind the teabaggers and their self proclaimed queen whom everyone thinks are a complete joke.

    September 28, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    Funny how libs complain about republicans and corporations yet fail to saying anything about Dems and Big union influence. Can you say hypocritical?

    September 28, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  3. The King

    Yep, thats the look of a Republican, she let it slip out. It says, "Be gone worm, I'm rich!!!"

    September 28, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. Bob

    Corrupt Dems let their Daddies the left wing unions loot the public Treasury.

    September 28, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  5. pa mom

    Unions are deep into the dem pockets. Both are the reason jobs are not being created in the private sector. Companies cannot be competitive paying health care taxes, raising government imposed taxes, costs for health care for 26 year old children and meeting union demands. I completely understand why jobs are going offshore. When the middle class stops thinking they should live like those who have more, we might see economic growth. Stop punishing the very people who create jobs! This country offers the same opportunity to only achieve what you have worked fior.

    September 28, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The AFL-CIO is typical of American unions–it's utterly indifferent to what's good for the country and it's utterly indifferent to the wreckage its policies would cause to the American economy and to the lives of the American people.

    Unions may once have served a useful purpose, but today they're merely monopolies on various classes of labour, and reflect all the greed and irresponsibility of any other kind of monopoly.

    September 28, 2010 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  7. Mark Borsenik

    This is what we have to do to win the midterm elections in 2010. Thats a fact!

    September 28, 2010 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that they shows these CEO who have the mistaken belief that they can be good legislators that they are really wrong. McMahon doesn't really have a plan or understand that being 1 of 100 senators will give her unlimited power to get her agenda done.

    I saw one of her comercials and had trouble peicing together all of the statements that were made. There was no clear connection. That is her downfall - she is an ideologue that picked an opertune time to run.

    September 28, 2010 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Ludicrous union demands for disproportionate payment for actual value of services
    rendered are one of the major causes of Amerca's economic condition.
    No president has sold out to unions more than Obama.
    Get 'em all out of power: Obama, Democrats, unions.

    September 28, 2010 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  10. Mike in VA

    Now the unions can spend that Obama/Democrat stimulus money as it was indended

    September 28, 2010 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Im glad they are pushing for the Democrats but i don't like ANY organization getting into politics. Unions only job should be to negotiate with businesses for workers rights. Beyond that they should stay out of elections. Same goes for churches, non-profits, Women's groups, youth groups and any other organiztion not specifically set up as a political group.

    September 28, 2010 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  12. I'm voting Democrat this time!

    Here 's the deal folks. The big business, special interest and exetreme candidates have taken over the GOPTea Party. It will never work! Election should be for the people and by the people. Now with help of the Surpreme Court ruling we now have corporations writing policy which is dangrous. So, we must rise up and vote.The young, the old and the undecided must stand up and vote Democrat. The only way to put big business in check, is not to let them win!

    September 28, 2010 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  13. HorkusMac

    Belonging to a UNION means there's one less thing to worry about : whom to vote for. Your employer has already made that decision for you. Disgusting.

    September 28, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. ron

    Unions = keep jobs in America, GOP= ship jobs overseas, and Mexico.

    September 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Willy Brown

    Unions. The people Obama has to keep paying for and it’s not the Joe and Jane six pack Union worker we are talking about.

    September 28, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |