Bill Hennessy loved his uncle Pat, a union man.
Bill Hennessy, co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, is out with an
defending his decision to ask the former head of the St. Louis police officers' union, Gary Wiegert, to lobby in Jefferson City on behalf of his party.
Readers of Daily
might think that Hennessy would use the video to address concerns about
Wiegert using race
("race-baiting" as one Republican legislator put it) in an attempt to
scare white voters into opposing local control
of the St. Louis police department.
Hennessy made the video not in response to those racial allegations but because apparently some members of the local Tea Party are
upset that their organization has recruited a union man
to represent them in Jefferson City. The Tea Party, for the record, is decidedly anti-union and pushing an effort to
make Missouri a right-to-work state
In the video below, Hennessy counters that union members -- like his uncle -- can be politically conservative.