Democratic presidential hopefuls nixed by powerful Nevada union – By Associated Press (FOX Business) / Feb 13 2020
The 60,000-member group made up of housekeepers, porters, bartenders just said no
LAS VEGAS — The Culinary Union, the most influential union in Nevada politics, has decided to stay on the sidelines for state’s Democratic presidential caucuses to be held on Feb. 22 which leaves several candidates who aggressively courted the union to help capture the third even of the primary season.
The casino workers’ Culinary Union, a 60,000-member group made up of housekeepers, porters, bartenders and more who keep Las Vegas’ glitzy casinos humming, said Thursday that it will instead use its organizing power to get out the vote for the caucuses.
“We have weighed each candidate and believe the best thing we can do for Nevada, for our members and for greater voter participation, is to focus not on delivering for a candidate, rather to deliver voters to the caucus and then to the general election,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union, will say at a Thursday afternoon news conference, according to prepared remarks.
The move is a blow to former Vice President Joe Biden, who is looking to shore up his support in Nevada’s caucuses after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. But the union’s decision wasn’t unexpected: The union’s parent organization, Unite Here, announced last month that it would stay out of the primary, and the Nevada members were expected to follow suit. Biden’s campaign had told donors on a call Wednesday that it wasn’t counting on the Culinary Union’s support.