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Word is the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU) is going to endorse Carole Keeton Strayhorn for Governor. I don’t know if the endorsement includes the CWA and AFL-CIO. TSEU is associated with both of those organizations. Rumor has it part of the reasoning includes leverage in being one of the first orgs to jump on board, Strayhorn’s “viability,” and her promise to launch an investigation into the whole HHSC/Accenture mess upon receipt of a request from a Legislator (or something like that).
My immediate reaction was that the Union traded it’s endorsement for a favor; however it was described as “moving the Union’s agenda forward.” You know, the end justifies the means. This doesn’t sit well with me. Strayhorn is the Comptroller – the CFO of Texas. The controversy surrounding Accenture’s call centers has been mounting for months and the chilling effect of HB 2292 is evident. Strayhorn’s strategy, so far, has included little more than undermining Perry, the call centers should’ve already been on her radar. And if she is elected, can she push through changes to the current law?
The Texas State Teachers Association has also endorsed Strayhorn. Does this worry Bell? Are union members one-issue voters? I hope not.