Details of Palin's Union Membership Prove Elusive

McCain cited union tenure as evidence of running mate's ties to 'regular folk'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2008 2:45 PM CDT
Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin arrives at Palm Beach International Airport yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain described Sarah Palin as a former union member when introducing his running mate in August, but was she? The Las Vegas Sun has been trying to find conclusive proof, but so far Palin’s union experience remains unclear. McCain officials were initially unresponsive, while her Alaskan office said: “I don’t believe the governor has ever been a member of a union.”

Eventually, the national campaign told the Sun Palin had been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers—though provided no details. Neither did the union, although dates it gave for her membership correspond with her time as a TV sports reporter, a group occasionally represented by the union. Factually correct, but evidence that she, as McCain said in August, “understands the problems, the hopes and the values of working people”?