White House Blasts Labor for Wasting $10M in Ark.

Attempt to oust Blanche Lincoln was 'pointless'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2010 1:07 PM CDT
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., greets supporters with her husband, Steve, left, Tuesday night.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – The White House didn't waste much time harumphing about the labor movement's failed attempt to oust Blanche Lincoln. Ben Smith of Politico says a senior official called with a pointed message: "Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise. If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November."

An AFL-CIO spokesman responds to the White House dig: "Labor isn't an arm of the Democratic Party." The SEIU is equally unapologetic. The union put out a statement today making it all but certain it won't back Lincoln in the general election, writes Greg Sargent at his Plum Line blog. "Voters are demanding candidates who are speaking for them, not for the special interests who have destroyed our economy," it says.

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