Clinton, Sanders respond to union questions ignored by GOP hopefuls
Ignoring a group of voters is no way to win their support.
But ignoring is what the Republican presidential hopefuls have done to a federal union, and by extension to federal employees, by refusing to answer a campaign questionnaire.
In December, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) sent a dozen questions to a dozen candidates, two Democrats and 10 Republicans. IFPTE represents government and other workers, and the questions extended beyond the federal workplace. It’s no surprise Democrats have more in common with the union faithful. But no response from any of the Republicans shows no respect for the concerns of federal employees and other unionized people, including the independents and Republicans among them.
Candidates get many requests to answer questionnaires and it’s not unusual for some to be ignored. But which get answered says something about the candidates’ priorities, efforts to stimulate potential supporters and how serious they are about reaching beyond their base to other segments of the electorate.