“Shallow Cal” Cunningham – whose history of avoiding positions and flip-flopping is well-documented – announced an endorsement from organized labor yesterday. But Cunningham’s history with labor is complicated, due to Cunningham lying to labor leaders and causing them to endorse against him in the 2010 Senate primary.
In April 2010, Cunningham told the Associated Press that he opposed card check for union elections. Yet, a spokesman for the Teamsters said Cunningham had “overtly” expressed support for card check during a discussion with union officials, and the union’s endorsement was in part because of that position.
In retaliation, the Charlotte branch of the Teamsters broke with its leadership and endorsed Cunningham’s primary opponent, citing his chameleon-like positioning on card check: “We don’t need that… We see enough of that already.”
Cunningham went on to lose the 2010 Senate primary by 20 points to Elaine Marshall.
“Cal Cunningham will say anything to anyone he thinks can help drag his failing campaign forward – even if he doesn’t believe it. Now, Cunningham has embraced the same radical anti-worker policies sweeping the Democratic presidential primary – selling out North Carolina for a political endorsement.” -SLF Communications Director Jack Pandol