Nevada Culinary Workers Endorse Barack Obama

The Nevada Culinary Workers Union, with 60,000 members including the state's casino workers, endorsed Barack Obama late last night.

Nevada's primary is January 19. The Democratic turnout is expected to be 40,000. Here's some analysis from the Las Vegas Sun.

The SEIU in Nevada also endorsed Obama last night, but the implication isn't clear.

The chaotic selection process and deep division within the union's ranks will likely diminish the endorsement's weight. The decision came after a teleconference among 34 of the union's 44-member executive board Tuesday.

Update: Nevada Congresswoman Shirley Berkley endorsed Hillary today.

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    Jeraly, do you plan to (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 12:24:35 PM EST
    continue giving us the demographics of each primary state just before the primary?  Very helpful.

    Probably (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 02:25:17 PM EST
    I'm not a political strategist or theorist and it's one of the few things I know how to do.  I'll also try to get more up about the counties beforehand like I did the NH "volvo towns" to make more sense of the results as they come in.

    That said, I won't be focusing as much on Nevada, Michigan or South Carolina as I will on Super Duper Tuesday.


    That will plenty of work; lots of states. (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:17:03 PM EST
    now... (none / 0) (#2)
    by mindfulmission on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 01:11:12 PM EST
    ... all "we" need is for Edwards to drop out and endorse Obama.

    Well one implication is a little clearer: (none / 0) (#3)
    by Satya1 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 02:07:14 PM EST
    In a straw vote, 23 board members supported Obama and 11 backed Edwards. Some said they preferred Edwards but voted for Obama to spite Clinton. They didn't explain their enmity for her.

    Of the 34, there is no support expressed for Sen. Clinton.

    But 10 of them (none / 0) (#5)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 02:30:14 PM EST
    Didn't support either Edwards or Obama, right? Those could've been Clinton votes. I think The Fix has a story that says Ron Reid, son of the Great Capitulator Harry Reid, is going to back Hillary, and Hillary has the edge in Nevada as of now. I worry Nevada could be the end if Obama doesn't win here.

    And women behind Clinton. (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:18:00 PM EST

    Probably will be more competition there (none / 0) (#9)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:32:17 PM EST
    I think Obama has a strong chance to overtake Hillary despite the head of steam she'll get from her win in NH. It'll be TOUGH, though. Obama has been pro-organized labor as much as anyone excepting Kucinich, from what I know, so I believe he has an argument to take to the SEIU workers that may want to split off if he goes about engaging them. I believe they want to hear a message of hope for a brighter future by being part of a new grand coalition. (Larger than the Coalition of the Willing to be sure) That all said, it's Hillary's state if she wants it.

    well, she did diss baking cookies. Who knows (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:38:28 PM EST
    what those culinary workers will decide.

    Yeah, that's what did it (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:34:12 PM EST
    Obama must've been in a lot of hours chopping veggies. That's why he was so tired at the last debate. Yeah, that's it.

    Chopping veggies: too wimpy. (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:47:41 PM EST
    Now meat, that's another thing all together.

    That's why (none / 0) (#13)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:56:02 PM EST
    They made the politician do it, silly! :D

    Obama Union Endorsements, Mark Penn factor (none / 0) (#14)
    by Aaron on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:00:42 PM EST
    Obama Receives Union Endorsements

    Unite Here, which is by far the most powerful union in Nevada, announced its endorsement of Mr. Obama this afternoon. Unite Here's Nevada local, Culinary Local 226, represents more than 60,000 casino, hotel and restaurant workers, and is a power in local and state political races and is expected to be a powerful force in the January 19 caucuses.

    With its announcement, Unite Here, which represents 460,000 hotel, restaurant, apparel and laundry workers nationwide, became the first national union to back Mr. Obama. Its leaders hope to help put him over the top in the Nevada and give his campaign new momentum.]

    [Unite Here has been in a dispute with Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign because its pollster and chief strategist, Mark Penn, heads a public relation firm that has represented the Cintas Corporation, a large industrial laundry company that has vigorously battled the union's efforts to organize 17,000 Cintas workers.

    Mr. Raynor said that dispute was just a small factor in why his union endorsed Mr. Obama.

    "I gather Mark Penn is still involved in the campaign, which is very unfortunate," Mr. Raynor said. "Senator Clinton is a good person and a good friend, but we just disagree about Mark Penn."

    Unite Here officials say their union will be a power in the South Carolina primary on January 19 because the union is one of the strongest in that state as a result of its long-time history in the apparel and textile industry. Unite Here is the successor union to the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. Mr. Raynor said Unite Here has nearly 6,000 active members and retirees in the state. .]

    Please don't tell me the union endorsed (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:04:47 PM EST
    Barack Obama because of Mark Penn's work on behalf of employers.  That's crazy.

    Really? (none / 0) (#16)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:39:10 PM EST
    That's crazy? Watching campaigns, you'll see some people do some crazy, crazy stuff, really. People support Barack because he looks nice and is "fresh" and "clean". People support Edwards because they like Barack but he doesn't sound tough enough or mean enough. People support Hillary because of the media. It's sick, but true.

    Hillary Clinton looks pretty "clean" (none / 0) (#17)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:43:20 PM EST
    and "fresh" to me!

    I dont support Hillary (none / 0) (#18)
    by Judith on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 08:18:48 PM EST
    because of the media.  Please - you are insulting the bilk of the Democratic party when you say things like that.  

    I am supporting her because I look at this as hiring a Democrat to work for me.  If I had all the resumes lined up I would pick the person mostly like to do what I need done.  Simple - Hillary has already shown success beyond yapping about it.


    You're quick to anger (none / 0) (#19)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 09:40:07 PM EST
    And I support Barack because we don't need the same Washington WAR WAR WAR bureaucrats, we need someone who can inspire us to a truly progressive America.

    But that doesn't mean irrational voting doesn't exist. Is it the majority? NO, but also, did I say it was the majority? NO. Did I say YOU were one of those voters? NO. I said it exists, and it's some of those crazy things that happen in campaigns like how apparently how UNITE HERE came to support Obama.

    So why you get bent out of shape because I listed examples of irrational reasons for supporting a candidate I'll probably never know.