FT Notes Scranton Union Worker Voting Reluctantly for Obama

Imagine the media maelstrom if a reporter found a swing-state Republican voter who had strong reservations about voting for John McCain, was flirting with the idea of voting for Barack Obama, but ultimately resigned him/herself to voting for McCain out of pressure from his/her evangelical church.

But make that a labor union Democrat from Pennsylvania and it's but a passing reference in a news story.

Reporting on how the presidential candidates were "jostl[ing] for the Scranton vote," Financial Times reporter Andrew Ward found a union worker who backed Hillary Clinton in the primaries and was reluctantly voting for Sen. Obama, in part because of union pressure. From the October 15 paper (emphasis mine):

Mrs Clinton, who beat Mr Obama by 9 points in the Pennsylvania primary, has rallied to her former rival's cause by campaigning across the state on his behalf this week - including a joint "homecoming" event with Mr Biden in Scranton. "This election is too important to sit on the sidelines of history," the former first lady told 6,000 supporters in a local sports hall.

Stephen Ruddy, a 51-year-old demolition worker and former Clinton supporter from Scranton, plans to vote Democrat despite misgivings about the nominee. "It will stick in the throat to support Obama but I'm a working man and we can't afford another four years of Republicans running the show," he said, adding that his union was putting members under pressure to fall into line.

Ken Shepherd
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