The San Diego labor community isn’t happy with state Attorney General and presumed 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.
Brown last month sat for an interview with conservative radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock in front of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, which on its Web site describes itself as “the only organized pro-business political action committee in the County that makes an impact on local elections by supporting pro-economic growth policies and candidates.”
“This is a Call to Arms,” says the club’s home page. “With the local, state and national economic crisis and Labor Unions strong-arming public policies at every level of government, NOW – more than ever before – is the time for business and community leaders to get involved!”
Thus, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council was nonplussed by Brown headlining a Lincoln Club event, even if it was a pitch for bipartisan support.
“Organized labor, in alliance with our local Democratic Party, has worked hard over the past few years to turn our region into one where pro-worker Democrats can get elected at all levels of government,” labor council Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez wrote to Brown in a May 27 letter. “Your decision to address a fundraising lunch of the Lincoln Club is an affront to those efforts. For every dollar you helped the Lincoln Club raise, we will now have to raise two.”
“On behalf of the 124 union affiliates and 181,000 union members of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, I hope you will reconsider before helping our opposition raise money in the future,” she concluded.
Intriguingly, I see the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, while sending most of its political contributions to local candidates and the San Diego Democratic Party, in October 2006 made token contributions of $500 to each of the Democratic candidates for statewide office – except to Jerry Brown for Attorney General. I can’t imagine it’ll be hot to give him money in this cycle, either.