Hmmmm: SEIU chief Andy Stern resigns

posted at 10:25 pm on April 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

Says Patrick Ruffini, “How does the most powerful man in Democratic Washington leave, just like that? Something’s fishy…” Indeed.

The President of an SEIU local based in Seattle, Diane Sosne, broke the news to her staffers at 11:35 this morning, local time.

“Last night I received confirmation that Andy Stern is resigning as President of SEIU. He has not yet made a public announcement; we will share the details as we become aware of them,” Sosne wrote in an email obtained by POLITICO.

Sosne offered no explanation for the move.

Sosne isn’t seen as a Stern loyalist or a central union player, but she’s a respected former nurse who sits on the international’s board as president of SEIU Local 1199NW, which represents nurses. She and her assistant didn’t respond to questions about the email. Stern’s spokeswoman also didn’t immediately respond to a question about the email.

The boss emeritus was kind enough to put a long excerpt from her book’s chapter on Stern online, so read that as background. When Ruffini calls him the most powerful man in Democratic Washington, he’s not kidding: Not only did Stern log more visits to the White House last year than anyone else but, as Ben Smith reminds us, he championed Craig Becker’s NLRB appointment and was himself appointed to Obama’s new deficit commission (which shows you how productive that’ll be in cutting costs). I assume there’s a scandal brewing and that he simply jumped before he was pushed, but I’m trying to talk myself into believing that this has something to do with the Supreme Court vacancy. I know that’s insane — The One, by all accounts, is looking for a nominee who won’t spark partisan outrage and Stern is the antithesis of that — but the prospect of a Borkian confirmation carnival in the Senate is simply too glorious to let go of the thought just yet. Even by the standards of Democratic presidents The One is a union crony par excellence, so maybe he’d give this a moment’s thought. And remember, on the day Stevens resigned, I argued that this might be his last, best chance to put a hard leftist on the Court. So how about it, huh? I want to believe. Except … I don’t. Alas, it’s just too insane. Bummer.

HuffPo has confirmed Politico’s scoop and claims that Stern was “tired of the daily grind,” which, for a guy quitting at the apex of his political power, is about as convincing as the ol’ “I want to spend more time with my family” standby. Exit question: If Stern does get nominated to the Court, can we call this guy to testify?


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So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?

GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

GarandFan: Either a shower stall cleaner,or
Fly Terminator!!:)

canopfor on April 12, 2010 at 11:06 PM

So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?

GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM


Comedy Gold Miner?

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:06 PM

So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?

GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Fly Mortician?

h/t canopfor.

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:07 PM

He would lose power and status if he took any government job less than POTUS. Right now he has no accountability to anyone but himself and possibly a grand jury.

DAT60A3 on April 12, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Fisting Demonstrator?

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:05 PM

ted c: No,I think its Spooning Fitter!:)

canopfor on April 12, 2010 at 11:07 PM

So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?

GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Head O-Ring Inspector?

that’s my fave…

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Fly Mortician?

h/t canopfor.

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:07 PM

ted c: Nice one,haha:)

canopfor on April 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Will Darrell Issa be calling a press conference anytime soon?

Buy Danish on April 12, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Ding ding ding!

selias on April 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Head O-Ring Inspector?that’s my fave…ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

That\’s too disgusting an image, even for me. Fits right in with the M&Ms though!

bikermailman on April 12, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Can you blame him?

Inanemergencydial on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

That is not fair.

BobMbx on April 12, 2010 at 11:10 PM

If this turns out to be nothing I’ll be extremely disappointed.

Bob's Kid on April 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

If this turns out to be nothing I’ll be extremely disappointed.

Bob’s Kid on April 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

I haven’t been this giddy since Scotty B went up by 5 over what’s her name..?

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:13 PM

So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?

GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Has anyone said ‘latrine orderly’ yet?

docdave on April 12, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Maybe he had to make run for Bertha Lewis since she was such a good shepherd of the ACORN flock.

Dire Straits on April 12, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Maybe he had to make runroom for Bertha Lewis since she was such a good shepherd of the ACORN flock.

Dire Straits on April 12, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Sorry.

Dire Straits on April 12, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Has anyone said ‘latrine orderly’ yet?

docdave on April 12, 2010 at 11:14 PM

No, but Head Ballwasher has been vacant since Lewinsky left the place a few years back.

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 11:16 PM

If this turns out to be nothing I’ll be extremely disappointed.

Bob’s Kid on April 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Just thought the same thing. I need a scandal and I need it now. I need those approval ratings to hit 39 this summer. I have money on it.

sherry on April 12, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Looks like Turbo Tax Timmy will soon be under the bus…

phreshone on April 12, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Marc Ambinder just tweeted the following: “SEIU spox says Stern will address “rumor” of resignation on Friday.”

Why would he wait so long to address a “rumor”?

RandyHaddock on April 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM

RandyHaddock on April 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Friday Night Dump, he’s hoping that it will be forgotten by Monday.

Brat4life on April 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM

So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?
GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Interior decorator for a PURPLE ROOM in the White House?

centre on April 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM

If this turns out to be nothing I’ll be extremely disappointed. Bob’s Kid on April 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Nothing is “nothing” with this group of clowns. More “loin-girding” predicted…

indypat on April 12, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Mr Stern, I’d like you to meet Ernst Rohm. Ernst Rohm, Andy Stern.
You two have much in common, you should get along famously, IN HELL.

rayra on April 12, 2010 at 11:29 PM

canopfor on April 12, 2010 at 10:58 PM

just. so. wrong.

Laura in Maryland on April 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM

is this the signs of a pivot toward the center?

ted c on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Don’t you mean pretense of a pivot, ’cause the Obama bunch are dyed-in-the-wool red marxists. Nothing is changing that. Nothing.

rayra on April 12, 2010 at 11:32 PM

rayra on April 12, 2010 at 11:29 PM

I like the comparison, but it does depend on knowing who Rohm was.

Aviator on April 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Was he not violent enough for the SEIU?

Oh! I know, he was out lazied by the Teamsters and couldn’t live it down in the Union world.

Hmm. I suppose it could be that he didn’t skim off nearly enough to pay off the Mob… or the Democrats, either way.

rihar on April 12, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Where’s Rahm in all this? I could see Stern taking over as Chief of Staff. That way he could tell Obama what to do from within the confines of the WH.

EMD on April 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Oh please, he’s not going to be nominated to the Court.

Hmmmmmm* is right.

I usually dislike conspiracy “think,” but this one piques my curiosity!

AnninCA on April 12, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Well BoBo is looking for a Supreme Court nominee…

JIMV on April 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM

No way Stern would nominated to the court. He’s too old. Obama wants a person who will be on the court for the next 30 or 49 years.

mydh12 on April 13, 2010 at 12:02 AM

So what’s Andy’s new job at the White House?

GarandFan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Well, there is a spot on the Supreme Court opening up.

29Victor on April 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM

I like the comparison, but it does depend on knowing who Rohm was.

Aviator on April 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Ignorance of history by / of the reader is no excuse.
They’ve got until June30 to figure it out. ;)

rayra on April 13, 2010 at 12:06 AM

No way Stern would nominated to the court. He’s too old. Obama wants a person who will be on the court for the next 30 or 49 years.

mydh12 on April 13, 2010 at 12:02 AM

It’s gonna be Labor Sec. Solis to SCOTUS, and Stern to Labor.

BobMbx on April 13, 2010 at 12:06 AM

canopfor on April 12, 2010 at 10:58 PM
just. so. wrong.

Laura in Maryland on April 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Laura in Maryland:Tee-hee!:)

canopfor on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Well BoBo is looking for a Supreme Court nominee…

JIMV on April 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Curse your quick wit JIMV!!!

Come to think of it, he could unionize the supremes, demand better hours and longer lunches and whatnot.

29Victor on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 AM

I simply can’t believe it’s what it appears to be. He’s now the “FACE” of the union payoffs for the stimulus bill.

Man, that would be way, way too simple.

And egotistical. It’s not about “Andy.” It’s about the SEIU.

AnninCA on April 13, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Oh please, this is not about the Supreme Court opening.

Get real, people.

AnninCA on April 13, 2010 at 12:09 AM

Oh please, this is not about the Supreme Court opening.

Get real, people.

AnninCA on April 13, 2010 at 12:09 AM

So why did he quit? Is he going to unionize the unemployed? They are the largest growing sector of society. Think of the power!

29Victor on April 13, 2010 at 12:12 AM

IrishEi, are you still on?

Mary in LA on April 13, 2010 at 12:26 AM

It’s gonna be Labor Sec. Solis to SCOTUS, and Stern to Labor.
BobMbx on April 13, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Now, THAT would be a kick in the head, huh? I know SCOTUS noms don’t have to be a lawyers, but don’t you think Solis would be like a fish out of water with the level of legalese there? And another Latina?

marybel on April 13, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Maybe Gerry Hudson was going to out him as being one of those rabidly racist white guys?

ButterflyDragon on April 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/04/gov_bobby_jindals_fund-raiser.html

Speaking of thugs!

larryk7777 on April 13, 2010 at 12:15 AM

That beating happened clear back last Friday. Maybe they didn’t talk about it until they could connect Andy Stern to it directly.

Okay that’s a leap but… in my defense… Andy is the head of the enforcers for the Democratic Party. Hurting people is what mobs do.

petunia on April 13, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Why would he wait so long to address a “rumor”?

RandyHaddock on April 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Gotta practice his Purple Pimp-Roll Perp Walk…

ya2daup on April 13, 2010 at 1:08 AM

And another Latina?

marybel on April 13, 2010 at 12:46 AM

The wisdom is strong with those ones

** eyeroll **

ya2daup on April 13, 2010 at 1:12 AM

It’s gonna be Labor Sec. Solis to SCOTUS, and Stern to Labor.

BobMbx on April 13, 2010 at 12:06 AM

‘I bid 50 quatloos on the newcomer’

/on second thought, there’s already a ‘wise latina’ on the Court. It’ll be some other combo of Leftist shibboleths. Like a black blind man. Or a lesbian paraplegic. An arab midget? Whomever it is, it’ll be a minority with some sort of ‘adversity-diversity’

rayra on April 13, 2010 at 2:23 AM

This has to be big…he didn’t even wait until Friday night to slink away.

redwhiteblue on April 13, 2010 at 2:43 AM

Indictment or supreme court nomination. One of the two.

virgo on April 13, 2010 at 3:08 AM

my word. It’s a dark day in the USA

kellyjane on April 13, 2010 at 3:20 AM

that CA court ruling was hardly in SEIU’s favor, Ben.
SEIU was awarded less than .75M of the 25M it had sought, while it spend over 10M of member’s money on the case.

Oh my!
He spent 10 mil of the mobs oops Unions money and only got back 750K?
Things that make ya go hummmmmmmmmmmm?

DSchoen on April 13, 2010 at 3:20 AM

The union thugs were a no show at the tea party?

Under preforming community organizer has short lifetime maybe … Obama must be furious at the turnout.

Else someone has the goods on the SEIU … Issa maybe?

tarpon on April 13, 2010 at 5:58 AM

Can’t wait to find out what this is about. When whatever sleaziness Stern’s been up to is finally exposed, I hope the MSM will remember to run that video of Obama saying that we should judge him by the people he surrounds himself with.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2010 at 6:06 AM

He is not going to the court, it will be some type of influence peddling malfeasance most likely connected to pension funds. Yeah I know its not sexy but its important.

rob verdi on April 13, 2010 at 6:14 AM

Associate Justice Andy Reid. Kind of makes the SCOTUS sound like a late-night talk show….

n0doz on April 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM

He will be starting New White House Department head position of Secretary of the New ACORN

albill on April 13, 2010 at 6:30 AM

By the way, from RCM:

In contrast, the Labor Department’s Web site lists pension plans that are in financial difficulty. Several SEIU pension plans are in critical status, meaning they have less than 65% of assets needed to fund financial obligations to future and current retirees, or in endangered status, with less than 80% of needed assets.

What’s the connection? The SEIU needs more new dues-paying members to pay for the retirement of current members if it is to rescue its pension plans from subpar performance. It’s a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud. With many of its members employed in health care, the union believes – not illogically – that if more Americans have health insurance, the demand for health care will expand and so will employment in the health sector.

rob verdi on April 13, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Get ready to say
Chief Justice Anthony Stern.
What’s ‘Bam got to lose?

Haiku Guy on April 13, 2010 at 7:21 AM

He will be starting New White House Department head position of Secretary of the New ACORN

albill on April 13, 2010 at 6:30 AM

sounds about right….

can’t see dear leader picking him as a judge…

cmsinaz on April 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Is he (Stern) a lawyer?

If he is……….DO IT BARRY…NOMINATE HIM!!!!

PappyD61 on April 13, 2010 at 7:33 AM

PappyD61 on April 13, 2010 at 7:33 AM

According to wikipedia….NO he is not. He has two brothers and a sister who are lawyers but he is not. There really isn’t much about his education.

milwife88 on April 13, 2010 at 7:43 AM

A white man on SCOTUS? That’s unpossible.

angryed on April 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Clearly the Mob felt he wasn’t getting government money into their pockets fast enough, since Obama won’t be President in a couple years.

doufree on April 13, 2010 at 8:27 AM

O’s Sat. A.M. “missing” jaunt?
Funemployment?

O.T. Anita Dunn has been hired by Britain’s Cameron for his election campaign. commies rule the world

nondhimmie on April 13, 2010 at 8:41 AM

I think AP is way to optimistic on the scandal front. Just a job change, more power, closer (hard to believe possible) to the top.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Either there is a major storm brewing that he’s trying to avoid, or he’s bought himself a post in the WH, or he’s ill. Big bad powerful union bosses don’t get tired of the daily grind, they thrive on it.

scalleywag on April 13, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Stern is bad news.

But what you won’t hear Andy Stern and the SEIU yell about are the union’s loans from Bank of America. That’s right. The SEIU actually borrows money from Bank of America. Juan Gonzalez at the New York Daily News looked at the SEIU’s financial disclosure reports and found that the SEIU borrowed $10 million from Bank of America last year. The SEIU actually has $87.7 million in loans from Bank of America. It takes a lot of gall to bash the institution that keeps your organization afloat. But consistency doesn’t seem to be a concern for the SEIU.

stern did all he could in Obama’s face to get the chairman of Bank of Ameirca fired.

The SEIU owes a chunk to Bank of America. 87 million It is easy for a creditor to tell the SEIU we call your loan and want Stern out. If the SEIU holds a lot of millions from ACORN as a loan to ACORN. they will write that off and may be in default or insolvency.
Stern also has raided their pensions and it may be in jeopardy. Remember they milk every penny to elect THE ONE.

In a short time, we will see some major junk behind this move.

seven on April 13, 2010 at 10:40 AM

It\’s one of two things: SCOTUS, or he killed somebody.

Pablo Snooze on April 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Why would he resign if he was getting the SCOTUS nod.

Breitbart probably nailed him for one of his multitude of crimes.

notagool on April 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Is he dying or going to jail? If not, I won’t believe anything positive will come of this. If the Republicans can’t keep this snot smear off the Supreme Court they aren’t worth a bowl of warm cat urine.

Extrafishy on April 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Where’s Rahm in all this? I could see Stern taking over as Chief of Staff. That way he could tell Obama what to do from within the confines of the WH.

EMD on April 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Too many questions. Rahm was of course a stinker in discussions with Blogojevech to fill the Obama Senate seat. It is interesting that Andy Stern was also in Gove Blogo’s face trying to push his position. In a few days, some more Chicago transcripts may come out. Stern had his finger in the Chicago stinky also.

seven on April 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Just a comment on human nature. Humans fight or flee. It takes a lot of fear to move a Stern. He is going away from a problem.

seven on April 13, 2010 at 12:16 PM

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