Republican Matt Doheny said that last night's recall election result in Wisconsin was an example of "taxpayers speaking out," though he walked a careful line when asked about his views on federal union employees' collective bargaining rights.
"I view it as, at some point in time, there’s a market for labor. When the public sector gets too far ahead, there has to be some sort of leveling," said Mr. Doheny, a congressional candidate looking to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in November. "I think that’s what you see... with Governor Walker not being recalled."
Last night, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, survived a recall election that was spurred by furious public employee unions. The unions were upset that Mr. Walker and the Republican state legislature passed a bill eliminating the right for most public employees in that state to negotiate over anything except for wages.
"It’s one of these situations where taxpayers are speaking out, whether it’s through referendum or proposition or through a gubernatorial recall. We are in tough economic times," Mr. Doheny said. "I do applaud what’s happening around the country about making that first step to make sure we don’t end up like Greece."
Most federal government employees can't collectively bargain for anything except for treatment in the workplace, including vacation time.
Mr. Doheny's opponent in the June 26 GOP primary has questioned whether federal employees should be able to unionize at all. But Mr. Doheny wouldn't even entertain that notion, talking a lot about "practical realities."
"I don’t think it’s even on the table," Mr. Doheny said. "The issue on the table is spending, creating economic growth."