The New York Times reports on a program run by the A.F.L.-C.I.O to recruit and train union candidates for office.
The school counts among its graduates Senate President Steve Sweeney, of the ironworkers’ union, and Sen. Donald Norcross, an electrician who is the president of the Southern New Jersey Central Labor Council.
According to the Times, the program is responsible for more than 160 current office holders at the local, county and state level.
But in the story, Sweeney gives voice to what many opponents of union candidates say is the problem with officials who represent both the taxpayers and organized labor. After stating that when dealing with the public “I’m going to make sure the public is treated fairly,” Sweeney added “when I was the chair of the labor committee, it was hard to be objective.”