Earlier this year we reported a potential weakness in Democrat Greg Fischer’s mayoral campaign could be his relationship with businessmen who area labor leaders have called outspoken union busters. And it appears other media outlets are picking up on that criticism as well.
From Fox 41:
He says the future of Louisville depends on its main manufacturing companies like Ford and General Electric. While he’s received several labor endorsements from the United Auto Workers and firefighters, some have criticized Fischer for being anti-union.
He responds, “Oh, nothing could be further from the truth. Those are from my competitors that wish they had my support. So I’ve received endorsements from the United Auto Workers, the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, The electricians, the laborers, SCIU, all but one of the labor endorsements I’ve received. So they are trying to knock my credibility there.”
Despite these campaign hiccups it should be noted that several prominent unions have endorsed Fischer’s campaign and he leads the Democratic field in that category. However, political observers cannot overlook that anti-union business leaders support Fischer as well. For instance, John Brasch, president of Brasch-Barry General Contractors Inc., who protested against the fair labor standards ordinance, called our offices back in January to defend his candidate’s labor record.
The Fischer campaign, however, made it clear at the time that Brasch has no relationship with their candidate, other than his wife being one of their many financial contributors.