IPSEN'S AGENCY SHOP PASSES
NO LANDSLIDE, BUT ENOUGH TO PASS
But rather than speculate on those reasons, rather than criticize the wisdom of those who expressed their will, the important thing is to come to terms with the reality of the situation.
The reality is that 500 or so DDAs are now forced to pay substantial dues and be represented by an organization that they did not vote for. An organization that became affiliated with AFSCME, one of the largest unions in the state, by the vote of 118 DDAs. An organization that has historically had a less than harmonious relationship with the administration; a theme that Hyatt Seligman chose to perpetuate in the rhetoric of his victory statement.
The reality is that as all DDAs will now notice monthly dues being taken from their paychecks. The reality is that they might cringe at the statements that will continue to be made in their name. Who knows, they might even decide that it is time to get involved and demand leadership that represents them.