Eighty percent of candidate Pam Bertani’s campaign funds are from a single special interest group. Not 18 percent, not 8 percent! Yes, 80 percent. Bertani is now officially bought and paid for by the Service Employees International Union. Like many political candidates, they own her now. I she is elected, SEIU will finally gain control of the county Board of Supervisors.
Think about this. This union’s contract – wages, hours, working conditions – goes before the Board of Supervisor’s for approval. When they do, if elected, is Bertani going to look at them logically? Is she going to weigh their needs with the needs of the 99 percent of Solano County that is not a member of this special interest group? Hardly. She is going to do exactly what they tell her to do. Because not only have they bought her, she has signed their pledge, and will vote exactly the way they want her to vote on every single issue they want her to vote on, not just their contracts.
It runs far deeper than that. On almost any political career, they will own her. If she missteps, they will work to voter her out of office.
An elected official takes a pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States. An elected official is morally and ethically required to consider all the evidence before voting on an issue. How can Bertani do this, when she has committed her vote, essentially sold her soul, to this one group and forevermore will do what they tell her?
If we believe that elected officials should at least have some modicum of independent thought, if we believe a single group, no matter what group, should not hold all of the political clout in our country or state, if we want any chance of appearing before an elected body with the hopes of having an issue we care about heard, we cannot vote for candidates who have sold out before they ever held office for a single day.