The Most Important Thing Ever has just happened! Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has told a Little Rock political group that she will oppose the Employee Free Choice Act.
Lincoln’s office said the senator will release a statement on the legislation this afternoon.
“I cannot support that bill,” Lincoln said, according to one attendee. “Cannot support that bill in its current form. Cannot support and will not support moving it forward in its current form.”
The measure, better known as the “card check” bill, has been fought by business groups and championed by labor, after intense lobbying by both factions.
Republicans are already making noise about what Lincoln means by not supporting it in its “current form.” Former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, who’s said he might run for Lincoln’s seat in 2010, Twitters thusly:
Sen. Lincoln can’t support EFCA in “current form.” How is the “current form” different from the legislation she co-sponsored and later …
Blogger Jason Tolbert reacts here in a similar vein, saying Lincoln is against it “at least for today.” And Arkansas News Bureau conservative columnist and snazzy dresser David Sanders tweets: “Sen. Lincoln’s newly-minted anti-EFCA position good news for her as she begins Easter break back home.”
Political animals have been all about this situation, writing and blogging and Twittering endlessly to speculate which way Lincoln would come down on the issue, given that she’s up for re-election in 2010.
As for card-check, the legislation vehemently opposed by business, its fate appears sealed according Politico and Huffington Post. The former calls Lincoln’s “no” the legislation’s “final nail,” and the latter calls it a “devastating blow.” The AFL-CIO disagrees.
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