This story in the Watertown Daily Times this morning is almost as complex and twisty as the union’s name.
It starts with a revelation: Leaders of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (that’s right, NYSCOPBA) promised the union’s support back in 2008 to Republican Assemblyman William A. Barclay in a special election for the 48th Senate District.
Problem was, an internal poll of union voters went the other way, and the union’s constitution requires that endorsements be based on a membership vote. Now the union’s legislative director, Chris C. Leo, has told the Times he and executive vice president Brian Shanagher escaped that dilemma by switching the names next to the numbers, shredding the actual ballots, and issuing a news release saying NYSCOPBA members had voted to endorse Barclay.
Oops. And there’s ever so much more. I don’t want to give it away.