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UNION PLOY

March 27, 2018

What if you gave a party and no one came? Or, to put it another way, what if you joined a union and no one cared? That seems to be the reaction of folks to 11th Congressional District Democratic candidate Dan Haberman after he announced that his campaign was the first in Michigan to unionize with the Campaign Workers Guild. “Politicians should lead by example,” Haberman said in a release. “Some may say they support their workers, but the proof is in their actions.” Haberman, whose campaign is on life support after a dismal first quarter financial report, is running in the primary against fellow Dems Haley Stephens, Suneel Gupta and Rep. Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills) to fill retiring Congressman David Trott’s (R-Birmingham) seat. A friend of Haberman’s, and a fellow Democrat, said, “I think if he has another bad financial report, he’ll have to drop out.” As for the union announcement, he thought it might be symbolic. “It’s about saying what you’re about. It’s good to say what your values are.” However, Haberman hasn’t been racking up union endorsements, either. Those have been going to either Stephens – or primarily Greimel, including a powerful one from the National Organization for Women. “It seems the momentum is really with Greimel,” the pol watcher said. “He has a very seasoned resume in both the public and private sector.”

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