It seems like it was just the other day (UPDATE: It was) that we were talking about the allegations of violence and generally thuggish behavior against the local Iron Workers union here in Philadelphia. With its top leaders under indictment, the local has made a rather, um, intriguing choice to run things at the Philly chapter: New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, who has a long history of personal and family ties to the Iron Workers.
Kind of ironic. For the last four years, Sweeney and some of his allies in the Democratic political leadership of New Jersey have been silent partners in the bullying political tactics of the Republican governor, Chris Christie. Now, he'll be running a union local accused of taking thuggery to the next level. Is this what they mean when they talk about a "lateral career move"?