Representative Steve Smith, tossed in the primaries, gave his last speech as a legislator the other day. Go to the Strib, which cries its crocodile tears at the loss of a “moderate”, to see his remarks.
Rep. Smith: Thanks for the good things you did do during your 22 years in the Legislature, including your solid support for the Minnesota Personal Protection Act.
As a personal aside, as a Republican who’s been a union member? Supporting unions who actually do, as you say, “negotiate for safer working conditions, reasonable benefits, and fair pay in return for their labor”, is a perfectly fine thing.
But government unions “negotiate” with the people that they paid to have elected. That’s a little different. And it’s a distinction you seemed pretty unclear about.
And that cost you.