Now that the election is behind us, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our activists who worked tirelessly on behalf of right-to-work candidates. Overall we had a great day electing new and returning incumbent State House and Senate members to the General Assembly. These elected legislators fully understand the need to free Pennsylvania workers from forced unionism and we look forward to working with them in the months ahead.
We also want to congratulate all our winning candidates and those who didn’t win but fought the good fight. Anyone willing to sacrifice their time and money to run for public office is to be commended. Our endorsed candidates overall did very well…only a few lost but we’re sure they will be back again.
Was this election really a win for union bosses? Not really! Tom Wolf was not their first, second, or maybe even third choice. In the primary he got little to no union support, and it wasn’t until they were “stuck” with him that they got behind him. The Republican wave has taken our state Senate to 30 Republicans, 20 Democrats and our state House to 119 Republicans and 84 Democrats. Also of note is the 81st House District in which the incumbent Mike Fleck was a favorite of union bosses. He lost his Republican primary, but won on the Democrat side, creating a rematch. Despite the money unions threw at this race, he lost a second time and Richard Irvin will be representing the district in the 2015 session.
The bottom line is that while this was not a repudiation of unions, it certainly wasn’t an endorsement of them either. Moving forward, we have our work cut out for us, but with our new legislative allies and your support we will prevail!