A Republican tracker on Thursday released footage of a union member in Springfield, Mass., claiming his bosses will fine him unless he supports Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. The conversation begins with the cameraman asking the union member whether he attended the last debate between Warren and Republican Senator Scott Brown.
"Uh-huh," the union member replies.
"Did you guys get fined if you weren't there?" asks the cameraman.
"How much did you get fined?”
"A hundred and fifty," the union member responds, but later add "It's two-fifty if you don't go."
Now, to be fair, the video is incomplete and there may be much more to this story. Furthermore, the union member contradicts his original number. So it's unclear whether he's confused or if he just finds it in him to be more honest:
However, although there may be another side to this story, it wouldn't be the first time that a union in Massachusetts has been accused of organizing a so-called grassroots movement to support a Democrat candidate.
"In 2010, before Brown's victory in the special election, a union member wearing a shirt supporting the Democratic candidate, Martha Coakley, told a local blogger on camerathat he had been paid $50 to wear the shirt but that he was actually voting for Brown," the Weekly Standard notes.
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