With public sector workers coming under increasing pressure nationwide, few governors have been as outspoken in their support of labor rights as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
In the past two weeks, Patrick has appeared at a Statehouse rally backing embattled Wisconsin public union workers and has defended collective bargaining rights when quizzed by reporters.
Labor, in return, has backed Patrick, spending millions to help him win reelection and deploying volunteers to get voters to the polls.
That has led to charges that Patrick, a Democrat, may be a little too close to unions, especially when compared to his Republican predecessor and potential GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
House Republican Leader Brad Jones said Patrick shouldn’t shy away from being adversarial with unions if it’s in the best interest of taxpayers.