Concerns re: Labor secretary aren't based on conspiracy

Friday, January 15, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Dept. of Labor buildingA spokesman for a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility says each day brings more concern about the man Joe Biden wants to serve as secretary of labor.

Steve Malanga, senior editor at City Journal and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explains that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) is a union official who got into politics, "so he's closely associated with the union movement in Boston and was elected with heavy support from the union movement."

Boston business owners are reportedly glad to see him go, and Malanga acknowledges that his concerns about Walsh serving as labor secretary go beyond his lack of neutrality on the issue.

"He's been extremely supportive for the union movement, to the point that it's been very controversial in Washington," Malanga notes about Walsh. "Two members of his administration were indicted for what the U.S. prosecutor in Boston said was efforts to force private employers to use unionized labor in exchange for getting permits for jobs that they were seeking."

Whether Joe Biden and/or someone at the so-called Office of the President-elect had a conversation with Walsh about this issue is presently unknown

"This is an issue that has not gotten a lot of play outside of Boston," says Malanga. "There have been very few articles, other than mine, outside of Boston. Although in fairness, Boston papers have covered this fairly extensively."

Malanga assumes this will be an issue in the confirmation hearings for Walsh.

Malanga

"This is not some kind of wild conspiracy that people are accusing him of," the City Journal senior editor notes. "Two members of his administration were indicted and convicted by a jury. But a judge overturned the jury's conviction, saying the prosecutor didn't necessarily show that there was a quid pro quo, and the prosecutor has talked about going back and retrying the case."

Many, if not most of Joe Biden's speeches on the economy and jobs include mentions of union jobs. As a result, Malanga feels "it might be considered a little troubling" to have someone at the head of the Labor Department whose administration had members indicted for doing things to tip the scale towards organized labor.

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