Veteran political columnist Steven Greenhut – a hero to Libertarians and conservative Republicans, has weighed in on the race for the 37th State Senate District. Greenhut points out that the unions hate John Moorlach – and that is why they are pouring thousands of dollars into the campaign coffers of his leading opponent, Don Wagner.
Moorlach has directly taken on the unions on the issues of pension reform and retiree medical care — and he even led a county lawsuit that sought to overturn the retroactive portion of a union benefit hike. I’ve met union officials who simply despise him.
Wagner described himself as “less confrontational” than Moorlach, despite Wagner’s blisteringly confrontational hit pieces depicting staunchly conservative Moorlach as a liberal. Wagner defends taking the union cash (and attending Maui trips financed in part by unions) by explaining that it won’t change his philosophy or votes.
His defenders embrace a version of the old Jesse Unruh saying: “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, (vulgarity deleted) their women and then vote against them, you have no business being up here.” Maybe, but Moorlach told me he will be far more proactive on union-related issues. His backers fear the union money will soften Wagner’s approach.