Hilda Solis’s Long Struggle for Unions

Posted on October 1, 2009. Filed under: Labor | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Philip Klein

 

in 2000, when President Barack Obama 

Summary: Who is Hilda Solis- Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Labor? Organized labor is delighted because they know one thing for certain: She’s no Elaine Chao.

Who is Hilda Solis, Barack was mounting his ultimately unsuccessful bid for a congressional seat in Illinois, another state senator, Hilda Solis of California, also challenged a sitting incumbent in a Democratic congressional primary. Unlike Obama, she won overwhelmingly. Initially, Solis was seen as an underdog in her race against the veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative
Matthew Martinez, who had served the district spanning East Los Angeles and the SanGabriel Valley for 18 years. But he became vulnerable by disappointing the unions, especially with his vote in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Solis, who was approaching her term limit in the California state senate, decided to challenge him, encouraged by her union allies who she regularly sided with during her time in the California statehouse. Unions not only
pumped money into her campaign, but they staffed her office with 260 volunteers who made telephone calls and knocked on doors on her behalf – and she won the primary by a lopsided 69 to 31 percent margin.

Read more about Hilda Solis at Capital Research Center

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