The senators, commonly referred to as the Fab 14, had secreted themselves to Illinois for the duration. harassed the senators. Hale made it very clear that he proudly stood with Fitzwalkerstan's most extreme Teapublicans - Scott Walker and Paul Ryan.
Now this goon has decided to run for Congress. But like most Teapublicans, he can't do so without a heaping, steaming pantload of hypocrisy.
One of the things he is criticizing his primary opponent for is taking campaign donations from the operating engineers union* (emphasis his):
According to the website, my opponent has received more than $5,000 dollars from the "Operating Engineers Union" in this 2014 Election Cycle and $10,000 dollars in the 2012 election cycle against Don Manzullo. To most observers $5,000 dollars doesn't seem like much until you compare it to the amount of money in my campaign which is less than $4,000 dollars.Hale has a problem with this complaint though. He is contradicting himself on whether the operating engineers union is a good thing or a bad thing.
He received that donation from one entity which contributed to his more than $500,000 dollar war chest. Even more striking about this particular donation is who the organization represents. From Open Secrets you can see it is not exactly an organization that represents our best interests as Republicans or Conservatives.
"The International Union of Operating Engineers represents heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the construction industry, as well as operations and maintenance workers in building and industrial complexes. The union has more than 400,000 members and is one of the largest unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. It is a strong supporter of Democrats, as evidenced through its PAC donations."
Clearly, Hale thinks that the fact that his primary opponent took campaign donations from them is bad and should put doubt in the voters' minds on whether his opponent is a true conservative.
But then he should have to explain why he is OK with Paul Ryan taking money from the same union.
Hale would also have to explain why it's not only OK for Scott Walker to take money from this union, but why it was OK for Walker to use them as political props as evidenced in this stomach-turning photo from Walker's State of the State speech early in 2013:
|Image courtesy of blue cheddar|
*The fact that the operating engineers union is stabbing themselves - and the rest of the state - in the back is a matter for a whole other discussion.