The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is continuing to build on a new political strategy ushered in by its current general president, Jim Hoffa: support both Democrat and Republican candidates.
"The Teamsters are committed to aggressively supporting candidates who champion our issues, regardless of party," said Hoffa recently during a Teamsters' meeting in Washington, DC. "We have no permanent allies, only permanent interests. This bipartisan approach can only have positive benefits for our members."
The Teamsters have provided major endorsements to both Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming 2002 election cycle. The union has endorsed the reelection bid of Republican Gov. George Pataki in New York, as well as the reelection bid of Republican Gov. Robert Taft in Ohio. On the Democratic side, the Teamsters have endorsed Jennifer Granholm for Governor of Michigan.