Despite the claims by Mike Tate, Chair of the DPW, that he is a supporter of public sector workers, he had the union-busting wannabe Emperor Chris Abele as one of the speakers at the dinner.
At first I was a bit surprised and rather disappointed by this news. After all, not only is Abele a horrible public speaker (he sounds like a sheep with indigestion) but he's as much a Democrat as David Clarke. After all, Abele has:
- Tried to bust the unions. Twice.
- Attacked members of the Democratic Party, including county board supervisors, especially Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, and State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson.
- Donated to Teapublicans like Joe Sanfelippo and Dale Kooyenga.
- Attacked democracy and representative government.
- Sang the praises of Act 10.
Like I said, at first I was surprised. But then I figured that Abele just tossed Tate a check for the opportunity to bleat at the audience so Tate just threw his party's base and his own party members under the bus.
Showing his disdain for his "fellow" Democrats and for visiting Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Abele showed up in soiled jeans and a rumpled shirt. When he went on stage to bleat how wonderful he thought he was, the Emperor was caught up short.
AFSCME was in the house and representing!
The union had signs at the ready and this was the sight to see:
Some of the signs that were being held up during Abele's bleating:
It was reported that Abele rushed through his speech and hastily left the podium to only a smattering of applause.
It's not surprising that Abele was caught off guard. He has surrounded himself with only yes men and people that are enamored with the vast wealth he got from his father. Because of this, Abele actually thinks he is well-liked.
A good healthy meal of crow would do him good.