How one feels about Villaraigosa’s ability to win does not define progressivism. Jim Hahn is no less “progressive” on the issues Local 347 will face in a new mayor’s administration than would be Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa’s tenure as speaker was marked by his adept transition to the center. In fact, this was his primary qualification and launching point for his mayoral bid, if one correctly gleans Villaraigosa’s own press during his time in Sacramento.
The change to come is real. And it plays out, before our eyes, in uneven and even combined ways. Casting SEIU Local 347 as a stodgy, passed-over, “old school” union may be simple and appear incisive, but it isn’t, and we expect a deeper and more nuanced examination than we got out of Meyerson on this issue. Attempting to paint a more thoughtful and, thus, truer picture is not easy. We know. We’re here, on the ground: a real, progressive union trying to navigate the new and difficult shoals, and our decision and endorsement reflect that.