Big Labor and Washington Democrats get cozy


By Maxford Nelsen | Freedom Foundation

The Washington State Labor Council announced last week that its political director, Karen Deal, was moving on to become the Executive Director for the Washington State Democratic Party. Of course, the cozy relationship between Big Labor and Washington Democrats is hardly news. But at least now it’s official.

With her move to the Washington Democrats, Deal continues her advance up labor’s political food chain, with which she has significant experience. The WSLC’s online news site, The Stand, noted that, prior to heading WSLC’s political program, Deal worked as the Political Director for the King County Labor Council and later for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21.

A statement by WSLC president Jeff Johnson lauded Deal’s work, which included creating “a political program that ran 24/7/365 and was as sophisticated as any in the country.” For their part, state Democrats praised Deal’s “broad network of partners and allies” (translation: deep-pocketed labor unions).

at Freedom Foundation.