Look for Gary Moore’s union label
Tennessee State Representative Gary Moore (D-Joelton) doesn’t see any conflict of interest at all between serving as a State legislator and serving as the President of one of Tennessee’s largest lobbying groups, the Tennessee AFL-CIO.
Moore says that he will keep his duties as President of the AFL-CIO and as a legislator separate, but admitted that he will continue speaking out on legislation and promote pro-union bills that he may sponsor. In other words, Rep. Gary Moore-President of the AFL-CIO-plans to lobby the General Assembly in favor of his position, but not call it lobbying so that there will be no “official” conflict of interest. Gary Moore is an intelligent man who sees very clearly that hs position as a legislator almost certainly helped him get elected AFL-CIO President, with the unions believing that it is key to have a legislator leading them when so many bills wich they deem anti-union are making their way through the Capitol.
Moore told The Tennessean that he wanted to portray the AFL-CIO as a “non-partisan organization.” Does that mean that the Tennessee AFL-CIO won’t be following through on the national organization’s certain endorsement of the re-election of Barack Obama? It might help Moore if that actually happened, but we don’t expect that-it is to be presumed that Moore won’t fight the national AFL-CIO on their endorsement of the worst President ever to represent the Democratic Party in its history. Indeed, as Tennessee’s top union boss, Moore will be seen as the de facto leader of the Obama campaign whether he wants to be or not.
It should be noted that Gary Moore is a likable kind of person, even if you believe that his politics are utterly wrong (which we obviously do here at the Jefferson County GOP). One has to wonder if Moore is counting on the fact that most people who have met him genuinely like him personally to obscure the fact that there is virtually no way that he can keep his AFL-CIO obligations and his duties as a State Representative completely separate. Wherever he goes in the State, people who know anything at all about State politics or unions will say “oh, that’s the State Representative who runs the AFL-CIO.” There is also no way Moore can get away from the national AFL-CIO and its endorsement of Barack Obama, who is profoundly unpopular all over Tennessee. If Moore isn’t Obama’s mouthpiece, does this mean he would break from his own union bosses?