Nev. Union Bullied Voters, Clinton Claims

Workers' rep calls it 'ludicrous'; Obama wants formal complaint
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 5:20 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have lunch with supporters at the Tursi's Latin King restaurant, Thursday, Jan. 3,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton said today he personally witnessed reps from the pro-Obama Culinary Workers union threaten members who vowed to vote for Hillary in the Nevada caucuses. Workers who weren't pro-Obama would have their schedules changed to keep them from voting, Clinton claimed. “This is ludicrous,” the union’s political director told Politico, noting that workers can take time off to vote without consulting the union.

Last night, Bill said he and Chelsea were mobbed by workers promising to buck the union’s endorsement and vote for Hillary. Bill says he personally saw a representative threaten each of them. He told the Huffington Post today that his wife had been “flooded” with complaints of similar abuses. Obama’s campaign challenged the Clintons to file a formal complaint about the incidents.