February 27, 2006

Huff gets AFSCME council 31 endorsement

R.I. County sheriff candidate Mike Huff has been endorsed by AFSCME council 31 due to his union activism according to a letter from it's executive director sent to The Inside Dope by the Huff campaign today. The letter alleges that Grchan has "...violated the rights of AFSCME members and others who work for the sheriff's department."


At 3/01/2006 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this will not matter. It would if AFSCME actually did anything to help their candidates.....other than complain whine and moan.

Signed, former union member

At 3/02/2006 3:08 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

HA! Great example of canned "astroturf"

It might have passed the laugh test if you'd have left off the last line. haha!

I think your point is valid. I just wish you hadn't felt the need to bullshit.

At 3/02/2006 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, Can you give specific examples of "other than complain whine and moan"
I see a number of campaign activists working on this and in this number are quite a few former employee's many of whom were not AFSCME Membres of the Sheriff's department who have joined to defeat the incumbent in this race due to the treatment they rec'd when employed at the Sheriff's Department

At 3/02/2006 7:03 AM, Anonymous Union Man said...

I'm not so sure that the public will get really excited about a guy who's only reason for running is to give more to union workers.

That's just not on the top of people's list of what they want from a sheriff, ya know?

I agree that employee moral is important and if it's bad, that's a problem. But it's a matter of where you stand as to where you think the problem lies.

Obviously, Huff and his union backers think the problem is all Grchan.

Others might look at the reason for poor moral as being because union members are over-reaching or demanding more than they earn or deserve and are acting only out of personal greed in trying to take Grchan out.

As a matter of fact, while most people probably are pro-union, they also are interested in keeping costs down, getting rid of dead weight or incompetent officers and other employees, etc.

A bunch of digruntled union guys trying to in essence take over the sheriff's department for themselves doesn't exactly fill me with a lot of confidence, and I doubt it will really motivate the majority of primary voters.

Of course, I might be dead wrong, but I find it hard to see what the attraction is with Huff.

This is, after all, an election for SHERIFF, not union chief.

The knock against AFSCME is that they're too zealous and expect to be handed every demand. If a politician votes with them 95% of the time, they'll not support them because it wasn't 100%

And a union endorsement from these guys? What does that mean?

Does it mean that Grchan isn't a good manager or Sheriff?
Whether that's true or not, the AFSCME endorsement doesn't tell you anything about that. The only reason AFSME is against Grchan and for Huff is that Grchan dared to do what he felt necessary without bowing down to the union and Huff will give away the farm, giving the union anything and everything they want.
Will that be a good situation?
Doesn't sound like it.

At 3/02/2006 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't anon 1/3/06 19:27 be a former union member. You are so cynical and condescending. You should be more trusting of your fellow man.

At 3/02/2006 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon above is correct about the AFSCME endorsements because I have seen this happen and it's ridiculous because they want 100% votes for all their issues or they won't endorse.

Instead, they have then endorsed people that would totally mess them up when a good legislator voted wrong on one small thing. They then get in a worse boat and screw themselves by not "seeing the forest for the trees" so to speak and dumping on good people in favor of that strict 100% rule they have on endorsements.

No one is 100% on anything in life.

At 3/02/2006 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your ability to call bullshit through the computer is scarry. This on top of knowing who people are is impressive.

At 3/03/2006 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope, someone has no life eg: Anon 23:38.

Weak arguements if you can call them that.

At 3/03/2006 7:08 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 22:38.

You are correct. I possess awesome powers. Fear me. Bwaahahahahaha!

Actually, calling bullshit through the computer is a skill even you might develop. It involves reading something ON THE COMPUTER, detecting the overpowering odor of bullshit, and then simply making note of it.

And you could also develop my power of knowing who people are as well, though it would require weeks of study.

All it would require is to have read every single comment which has ever been left on the blog since the day it started over a year ago. I don't have the number handy but I know it's in the thousands.

After a few hundred from the same characters, they become as easily identifiable as a favorite pair of slippers, very ignorant slippers that about make you want to vomit, granted, but you get the point.


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