AFGE to have contested presidential election next year?

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees may see a contested presidential election at its convention next August in Las Vegas: Former Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson announced in early September he will seek the union’s top job. Current President J. David Cox has yet to officially seek re-election, but is expected to do so.

Hudson was Secretary-Treasurer until the union’s board ousted him for allegedly violating the Hatch Act. The violation was sending an e-mail calling for the labor movement and AFGE to challenge newly elected GOP President Donald Trump. The e-mail went to some government-owned computers. Hudson points out he is not a federal worker, so he could not have broken that law, which restricts career federal workers from politics on the job.

In a radio interview, Hudson also compared the rise of Trump to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930s. And he said federal workers “have a bull’s eye on their back.”

Source: PAI