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AFSCME Head: Anti-Union Fervor Is 'Political Payback'

April 12, 2011

Last year, Gerald McEntee, longtime president of the public-employees union AFSCME, trumpeted the fact his group spent roughly $90 million on the election. At the time, he said he wanted Republicans and Democrats alike to know AFSCME remained a mover-and-shaker, as if to warn the lawmakers not to cross the union.

If the anti-union measures pushed by new GOP governors Scott Walker and John Kasich are any indication, they didn't get the message. And now McEntee, in an interview with the New York Times, says he thinks his braggadocio played a role.

"Some of this is political payback," he told the paper. "The Republicans are thinking, 'The public sector unions are a major political force, and if we weaken them, that'll leave us with an awfully weakened Democratic Party.'"

Here's a November 2010 interview McEntee did with National Journal.

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