The Washington Post reports today that the Service Employees International Union’s NC affiliate, SEAC, has failed to get the 85,000 signatures needed to qualify their “party” for the November elections.
SEANC (State Employees Association of North Carolina) was mad at certain Blue Dog Democrat such as Congressmen Heath Shuler (D-11), Larry Kissell (D-8), and Mike McIntyre (D-7) who voted against Obama’s health care “reform” bill. To punish them, they planned on starting a third party called North Carolina First to elect a “real” Democrat instead of a more conservative Blue Dog.
They say they have recruited a candidate by the name of Wendell Fant to run in the 8th District against Rep. Larry Kissell. Democrats are afraid this might split the vote for Kissell, a first-term Congressman, and give the seat to the Republicans. And this is in the face of some brutal intercine warfare between the Republicans in the 8th District. I’m sure whomever the Republicans do select in the run-off primary is jumping up and down with joy at the prospect.
The Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, commented on their failure saying “Remember, this isn’t a union made up of tough, disciplined coal miners. It’s a union made up of DMV clerks…” I’d go a step further and remind folks that SEANC is forbidden by law from striking and from engaging in collective bargaining. They are the ultimate Paper Tiger.