California Gov. Gavin Newsom is having serious political problems despite being a Democrat and a deep-blue state. Things are about to get even worse.
Richard Louis Brown, president-elect of the Service Employees International Union, said he will not support Newsom against the recall effort currently underway, Fox News reported. Brown is a member of the SEIU Local 1000, the state’s largest chapter.
Though he made it clear he was speaking as an individual and not on behalf of the union, this kind of abandonment spells big trouble for the embattled governor. Brown felt that Newsom reneged on promises made during his 2018 campaign and subsequently resolved to “run his ass out of office.”
“After I am sworn in, and I assume office as the Local 1000 president, I can officially tell you that… we will not support Gavin Newsom in this recall effort. You can hold me accountable for that,” Brown said.
Shockingly, Brown said the union should stay away from advocating for open borders, the $15 minimum wage fight, and should not support movements like Black Lives Matter. These are pet causes on the left that are championed by unions almost without exception.
“Again, I’m not the president of Local 1000 at the moment,” Brown clarified. “I’m speaking as an American, as a taxpayer, and as a public servant in the state of California and I am represented by Local 1000.”
Brown also contended that unions should not support partisan causes since not all members have the same political affiliation. “They will not support the issues of the Democratic Party. It’s dividing our union,” he said.
Newsom is in trouble for making a mess of his state, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Californians are fed up with his disastrous policies and are ready to get him out of office. That in itself is telling, but when an incoming union boss isn’t supporting a liberal Democrat in the state, it’s an encouraging sign that times may be changing.