The San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council surprised a lot of people last month when it endorsed Todd Gloria over Stephen Whitburn for the District 3 City Council race, as the union group had endorsed both during the primary.
At the time, labor said that after the primary a handful of specific unions pushed for a Gloria endorsement.
But Whitburn’s campaign now says that the Labor Council shied away from him because he wouldn’t pledge to support the union’s pick for City Council president over Councilwoman Donna Frye — a Whitburn ally who has at times found herself at odds with the Labor Council.
B.D. Howard, Whitburn’s campaign manager, said that during an interview with the Labor Council’s executive board last month, Whitburn was asked the following: “If Donna Frye was running for Council President, but we want you to support the person we pick, who would you vote for?”
Howard said Whitburn made it very clear that he would not betray Frye in exchange for an endorsement.
“They are looking for someone who will carry their agenda and vote for them every time,” Howard said.