If there were a way to post under LaborUnionReport's banner, I would submit this diary there. But since there isn't, I will just post it as a refreshing break from the excessive obsession with Washington's desire and attempts to draw all attention to itself as the be all end all of America's future hope.
One of the reasons I stay focused on RedState's coverage of national politics as opposed to applying energy at the state level is because California continues to be the laughing stock of the nation and, as such, an example to the red states in America of what they might become if they ever let the left get control of their state.
That being said, I had to laugh this morning when I read this report about the president of a local SEIU in California going to prison for 33 months. Not that I enjoy seeing anyone go to prison, mind you, but there are some political crimes that need to be exposed if for no other reason than to undermine the close relationship labor unions have with our political opponents.
The former president of California's biggest union local was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for stealing from his low-income members to finance an expensive lifestyle that included being married to two women at the same time.
Declaring that Tyrone Freeman betrayed the "sacred trust" of the workers he represented, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins also ordered him pay to about $150,000 in restitution and barred him from holding office in any union for 13 years after he is released from prison.
It gets really tawdry but to emphasize the point regarding politics and unions:
Until his fall from grace, Freeman represented about 190,000 home-care workers in the SEIU chapter and an affiliated local, whose members made as little as $9 an hour. He wielded significant clout in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C., because he commanded deep sources of campaign money and foot soldiers. The SEIU's leadership was grooming him for a larger role in the union's national operations just as the scandal broke.
Mind you, those 190,000 home-care workers are an extension of the massive welfare/disability scam foisted on American taxpayers under the guise of "entitlement health care," and seen by the SEIU as an easy target for skimming off their fair share of subsidies.
Sad Tyrone Freeman had to go to prison to make a point clearer.
By the way, I was hoping to report on the California Republican Party's convention last weekend but have yet to find a thorough report so stay tuned for an update.
In the meantime, farewell to one SEIU scoundrel.
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