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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 18, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Public Sector Media Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. November 18, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 18 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com federal community (147,000 employees clustered in the D.C. and Norfolk areas). During the recent gubernatorial race, only one county in the Red middle of the state---a county with a significant fed- eral-defense community---voted for the Democratic candidate. The governor's race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the winner, and Republican Ken Cuccinelli featured lots of out-of-state money and some very nasty and misleading TV ads. Although McAuliffe was the heavy favorite---run- ning strong in fed-centered Northern Virginia---his margin of victory was thin. The spoiler in the Virginia race was Robert Sarvis, the little-known, little-pub- licized Libertarian candidate. He had little money and the media for the most part ignored him, and he was excluded from the debates. Yet he got 6.6 percent of the vote. McAuliffe outspent his opponents by a lot. And both Bill and Hillary Clinton campaigned for him. He got 1,066,149 votes compared to 1,010,929 for Cuccinelli. The Libertarian got 145,762 votes, most presumably from unhappy Republicans. That's just a few less than the federal employee population of the state. At the same time, while there is no direct linkage, McAuliffe's margin of victory---which came mostly from the fed-heavy Northern Virginia suburbs---is interestingly close to the number of feds (147,000) in the state. All of the above may prove something, but what? While federal and postal unions nearly always back Democratic candidates at every level, they don't necessarily rep- resent the political viewpoint of federal workers. Although the Postal Service is heavily unionized along craft lines, most white-collar federal employees have never even been to a union meeting, much less joined one. So is it true that most federal workers are Democrats? We've all known plenty who aren't and aren't afraid to say so. So what's the story? How about Virginia's neighbor to the north, Maryland? In most places, the two states are separated by the Potomac River, with Washington, D.C., in the middle. Yet their voting patterns have long differed dramatically. Maryland is geographically smaller than Virginia. With 5.7 million people, it ranks 19th in population (Virginia is 12th). And while Maryland's federal employee popula- tion is slightly smaller at 130,000, it rep- resents a bigger percentage of the state's population than does Virginia's fed popu- lation. Washington, D.C., which is solidly Democratic, has 166,000 federal workers, many of whom live and vote in Maryland or Virginia. For years, the voting patterns of Maryland and Virginia residents seemed to contradict the all-feds-are-Democrats theory. Virginia, more often than not, voted for Republican governors and members of the House and Senate. Maryland, just across the Potomac River to the North, leaned heavily Democratic. The two Maryland counties that border Washington, D.C., don't have any Republicans in any state, county or local office. Maryland's governor, two senators, and all but one of its represen- tatives are Democrats. So it would be easy, for some, to look at Maryland and Virginia (both top states in federal employment) and perhaps conclude that where federal workers are a significant percentage of the electorate, the Democrats tend to do better. No proof here. No axe to grind. Just a thought. It would be interesting to hear from FEND readers on the subject. And to explain why at least two states with large federal populations, Utah and Alaska (and maybe Oklahoma), keep electing Republicans. So... Maybe back to the drawing board. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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