Monday, July 30, 2007
Union Boss says Cahill's the candidate, to the surprise of some PAC members who say : When was the vote?
On Richard Cahill's show, The Kingston Chronicles , CSEA President Bart Robins announced that Mr. Cahill did in fact receive the endorsement from the CSEA .....this lead to disgruntled callers and to questions on whether or not the endorsement was legitimate or if Mr. Robin's was jumping the gun in announcing the union's support.
Brian Woltman, who has served on CSEA's PAC committee for many years called and blasted the Union Boss for announcing the Union endorsement before the committee had taken a formal vote. Mr. Woltman stated at the last meeting the vote was tabled for further discussion. Woltman also complained that it was inappropriate of Bart Robins to announce the vote before the formal announcement which takes place in August via an ad in the Daily Freeman.
Jeremy Blaber also called in and brought up the fact that Mr. Cahill was not very union friendly by calling for a hiring freeze and told Mr. Robin's that Mr. Cahill is just trying to capitalize on the situation between the Mayor and the union. Blaber also pointed out how good Mayor Sottile has been to the union and mentioned how it would of been easier for Mayor Sottile to silence his critics( Cahill included) by laying people off to lower taxes...but has never done so. Blaber went on record saying that supporting Rich Cahill was a mistake that CSEA would ultimately regret if Cahill was elected. Blaber said that he felt it was a slap in the face for Mr. Robins to go on Mayor Sottile's opponents tv show and announce such support, saying respect must go both ways.
What now? It is clear that the relationship between the Mayor and union leadership has hit it's boiling point, it certainly is not one sided, after what transpired tonight the union claiming to be a victim of an angry Jim Sottile, is simply untrue. It's also apparent that tension between the Union and the Mayor is with the leadership and not with rank and file members. Richard Cahill's motives to get Robins to go on the show and announce his endorsement was clearly well thought out, an attempt to try escalate the already rocky the relationship between the union leadership and the Mayor. Bart Robins was being pulled in by Mr.Cahill's plan, hook, line and sinker. Sottile on the other hand is too focused on running the city and Kingston's future to pay any attention.
Like I said on tv tonight, Mr. Cahill saw an opportunity and exploited it, no disrespect to Bart Robins who is a good man and someone that I have a great deal of respect for. It is clear that Mr. Robins does not like Sottile, by his own admission, Cahill is someone that is promising the world and the very fact that he's not Sottile is very attractive to Robins. However, in the end Cahill if elected, god forbid, will have promised CSEA the world and will have delivered nothing. Sottile no matter what will stick to his principals and do the right thing for CSEA...with or without the support of union leadership..that's just the type of guy he is.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 10:00 PM