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Politico Gaffe Becomes Organizing Tool In Wisconsin Recall Effort


"When national news blog Politico came to Milwaukee to cover Pres. Obama's visit, they incorrectly identified the Wisconsin flag as the "flag for the local union, Wisconsin 1848." Many people got a chuckle at the embarrassing mistake, but we think it really represents something larger," reads a new AFSCME petition. "So let's say it loud and say it proud! Join as a charter member of "Wisconsin Local 1848" today. We'll share up-to-the-minute information on statewide issues that affect us all."

And there's a t-shirt to go along with it.

Ironically, Politico's error occurred at a time when national unions are frustrated at President Obama for supporting two pieces of legislation -- a long-term FAA reauthorization, and the payroll tax cut bill -- both of which cut against labor interests.

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