This Kos post questions a) whether Tarryl Clark is liberal enough and b)whether she’s pro-union enough. To read this post is personally delightful.

It is shocking, then, to watch DFLer Tarryl Clark tap dance around the issue during this St Cloud Chamber of Commerce debate with Michele Bachmann and Bob Anderson in 2010:

I’ve always had good working relationship with our business community and with labor. I want to work with both sides to be sure we have a level playing field for business and for our employees…a much bigger issue right now for our businesses and our employees is this continual outsourcing of our jobs…this is not the big issue in front of us, what the big issue is, is how we’re going to get back to creating jobs.

I attended that debate. It was apparent to everyone in the room that Tarryl was finished if she answered that question honestly. I said that Tarryl hasn’t stood up to the unions:

Tarryl denied that she’d vote for EFCA, aka Card Check. She’s been endorsed by every alphabet union imaginable. Ditto with organizations like EdMinn and the Teamsters.

Should I believe that the biggest item on the unions’ priority list isn’t a priority anymore? Should I believe that Tarryl told a great big whopper? It isn’t that she’s stood up to the unions before.

Whatever the CD-8 DFL decides is up to them. Whatever Kos wants to do is up to him. Saying that Tarryl isn’t pro-union enough, though, is utterly laughable. Days after Tarryl’s website appeared, it was filled with union endorsements:

Here’s a comprehensive list of the unions that have endorsed her:

Greater Minnesota AFSCME, Council 65
Teamsters Joint Council 32
Minnesota Nurses Association
Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
SEIU Minnesota State Council
Minnesota AFL-CIO
AFSCME Council 5
Education Minnesota

That list makes this part of the Kos post that much more delicious:

Clark’s refusal to take a stand on the Employee Free Choice Act is inexcusable and unacceptable. Indeed, Trumka makes it quite clear there is no equivocating on this issue; if you are not with us, you are against us:

When it comes to politics, we’re looking for real champions of working women and men. And I have a message for some of our “friends.” It doesn’t matter if candidates and parties are controlling the wrecking ball or simply standing aside—the outcome is the same either way. If leaders aren’t blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families’ interests, working people will not support them. This is where our focus will be—now, in 2012 and beyond.

That’s right, Mr. Trumka. You can’t trust Tarryl, especially on union issues. It’s time to throw her under the bus for a true hardline union supporting candidate for Congress.

Seriously, it’s a hoot for conservatives like me who’ve followed Tarryl for 5 years getting called too wishy-washy by hardline progressives. It’s positively delicious.

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