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Washington GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Distances From Scott Walker


From The Seattle Times:

"Collective bargaining is a right. It's not the problem. The problem is politicians who give away too much at the bargaining table," McKenna said.

If he does get elected governor, McKenna said he'd work with unions, rather than "terrorizing them."

McKenna doesn't exactly have a reputation as a union-friendly Republican. Indeed, he's recently called collective bargaining by public-sector unions "dangerous," and cited FDR in a speech, saying "FDR, by the way, among other little known facts, was strongly opposed to the unionization of public employees. He understood why you don't need the unionization of public employees. And why it would be dangerous for it to happen."

As the 2012 campaign heats up, this is going to be a definitional question for Republicans in real races, right up there with "do you agree with Sarah Palin on X?" Should be fun.

Ed note: This post has been updated since publication.

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