Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Labor linked to union tactics and extortion

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WASHINGTON, D.C- Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s secretary pick to lead the department of labor has been linked to allegations of strong arm union tactics and extortion, which could upend his nomination.

According to reports, Biden has chosen Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor. Walsh, a former president of his city’s building and construction trades council, was considered a favorite “top of labor leaders” like AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka for the role.

Walsh’s personal ties with Biden, who spoke at his 2017 city inaugural, also likely helped him clinch the secretary of labor role. Trumka, back in 2019, told Politico:

“He’s a friend and knows Joe: They’ve worked together on numerous occasions. They have the relationship I think is necessary.”

According to reports, in August of 2019, two high profile members of Walsh’s administration were convicted for allegedly violating federal law.

Timothy Sullivan, Walsh’s former director of intergovernmental affairs and Kenneth Brissettee, the onetime head of Boston’s office of tourism, sports, and entertainment, were both accused of conspiracy and extortion relating to a planned 2014 music festival. 

Court documents show that Sullivan and Brissette allegedly extorted a music festival production company between June and September 2014. At the time, the firm was awaiting the issuance of city permits required to host its event.

The company was also seeking an agreement from Walsh’s administration to use the city-owned property for other events in the coming years. However, throughout the process the company claims that Brissette and Sullivan repeatedly urged the hiring of union labor to work the event.

Allegedly, they pushed an individual associated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 11. The union, which has longstanding ties to Boston Democrats, had previously attempted to obtain a contract with the production company, but had been turned down in favor or another, non-union vendor.

After the production company refused to hire members or Local 11, they claimed that Brissette and Sullivan purposely delayed the city permits required to host its event. Reportedly, three days before the music festival, Brissette and Sullivan demanded that at least half of the production company’s event staff be union members.

The production company eventually gave in and hired nine staffers from Local 11 to work the event. The company claimed that its decision to do so resulted from mounting financial pressure associated with the event as well as fears that Brissette and Sullivan would prevent the firm form hosting future events on city property.

After reports of the alleged extortion became well known, the Trump-era Department of Justice pursued charges against both Brissette and Sullivan, resulting in their conviction by a federal court in 2019.

Upon the convictions, Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said:

“Private companies that want to do business in Boston have the right to hire anyone they want, union or not, without fear of being threatened with economic disaster by government officials.”

In February 2020, those convictions were overturned by an Obama-appointed federal judge who claimed that “neither Brissette nor Sullivan personally benefited from the alleged extortion.”

In April 2016, the Boston Globe reported that Walsh, himself, had come up in a federal probe into “allegations of strong-arm tactics” by organized labor.

According to the report, as a Massachusetts state representative and the president of Boston’s trade council, Walsh was recorded on federal wiretaps in October 2021 discussing strategies to boost union employment.

In that particular conversation, Walsh told a colleague that he had informed a Boston housing developer that one of its upcoming projects would be delayed by City Hall if it refused to use union labor.

In November 2012, another Boston developer claimed that Walsh had forced them into rescinding building contracts that had gone to non-union contractors. At the time of the Globe’s revelations, Walsh denied any wrongdoing, suggesting that he was only operating by rules that were then “acceptable.”

He said:

“When I was head of the building trades, my role was to advocate for more jobs for working men and women in the Greater Boston region. Since becoming mayor of Boston, I have changed the development process to be more open and inclusive.”

It is unclear if Biden knew about the allegations involving Brissette and Sullivan as well as Walsh’s own questionable conduct when deciding to appoint him secretary of labor.

While Biden’s knowledge about his nominee’s links to union extortion remain uncertain, he still chose a candidate that was favored by Trumka and other top union leaders.

Trumka, who is head of the AFL-CIO and one of the most influential union leaders in the country, has been actively lining up support for Walsh since the end of the 2020 campaign.

By mid-December, the union leader had secured the endorsement of rival labor organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers and the nation’s largest public employee union.

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Soros foundation president resigns, reportedly in anticipation of joining Biden administration

December 8th, 2020

The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- The swamp is alive and well and living in a theoretical Biden administration. The latest swamp rat to be linked to Biden?

None other than Patrick Gaspard, the president of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, who is resigning in order to allegedly pave the road for a position in Biden’s administration, should that ever come to fruition, a report in the Washington Examiner said.

“Fundamental social change doesn’t customarily occur in a revolutionary moment. Instead, what is needed is the partnership of activists, government, and the nonprofit sector, collaborating over time and space in unity and solidarity,” Gaspard said in a statement.

“This is what I worked to do at Open Society. My commitment now will be to re-enter the world of politics and ideas, where I can continue the struggle against oppression everywhere.”

 Gaspard took four years off from being a swamp rat after President Trump became president and started to eliminate the stench of years of swamp creatures polluting the Washington swamp. Gaspard had previously served in the Obama administration as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa. He had also previously served as the director of the White House Office of Political Affairs.

He has been on the board of the Soros-funded Open Society for three years, prior to announcing his resignation at the end of this year.

According to Fox News, Axios reported that speculation is running rampant that Gaspard could join a theoretical Biden administration as Secretary of Labor. Gaspard also has experience with public sector unions, having been formerly employed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Soros, who has inserted himself into the political landscape across the United States, most particularly in funding the political campaigns of far-left district attorneys and attorneys general, has praised Gaspard as a “champion of all rights: whether for workers, for women, or for underserved groups.”

“His dedication to those challenging power is precisely why I invited Patrick to join Open Society,” he said. “I have great admiration for the way he led the Foundations in a world best by illiberalism, and I applaud him.”

Tucker Carlson spoke out on Gaspard on his program last week. The fact that Biden is intent on elevating a George Soros insider to a high-level cabinet position is chilling. According to Carlson, Gaspard is nearly as radical as Soros.

According to Carlson, the ruling party in South Africa, the African National Congress had endorsed a plan whereby they would be taking land from farmers based on skin color, with no compensation. They called it “land reform.”

The same program had previously been implemented in Zimbabwe under their former leader Robert Mugabe, your basic tyrannical lunatic. As a result of Mugabe’s reign of terror, Zimbabwe became the single poorest country on the planet, with a lot of people dying in the process.

According to Carlson, nobody in their right mind would think such a policy was a good idea…that would be incorrect. Gaspard thought it was a terrific idea. In fact, Gaspard wrote an op-ed in the U.K.’s Sunday Times endorsing that very idea. Gaspard said:

“Yes, the South African government under President Cyril Ramaphosa is talking about accelerating land reform—but in a way that seeks to balance property ownership rights guaranteed by the Constitution with the need for more equity and nurture a more broadly shared prosperity.”

Gaspard had indicated that anyone who disagreed with his warped sense of fairness was of course a racist. Gaspard also said that he found South Africa’s constitution as being superior to that of the United States.

As with his mentor Barack Obama, Gaspard was also at one time a community organizer, having worked in New York City under the late failed mayor David Dinkins, and he is close to current failed New York City mayor and communist sympathizer Bill de Blasio. This past June, Gaspard took to the streets to protest the police:

“Earlier today, President Obama told us all that we have to make people in power uncomfortable, so I’m out here marching with a diverse group of incredible New Yorkers as we all get ready to violate curfew, as we march for peace and we march for justice. This is a powerful community of dissent that cannot be quarantined and that will not be silenced until real change arrives. Whose streets? Our streets,” Gaspard said.

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We recently reported on the newly named President of Open Society Foundations, who has ties to Smartmatic, which has been named as “problematic” in the 2020 presidential election. For more on that, we invite you to:

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Well, this is…odd. Breitbart News is reporting that billionaire busybody and socialist George Soros has appointed Mark Malloch Brown, the chairman of SGO, the company which owns Smartmatic, the voting machine software company, as the new president of the Open Society Foundations, Soros’ global organization.

How weird is that! Maybe a little quid pro quo? Who knows. 

Smartmatic, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is at the center of controversy stemming from numerous voting irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.

In fact, Smartmatic has been named in lawsuits by attorney Sidney Powell who has uncovered what she believes to be a massive voter fraud effort to overturn the election results from President Trump to Biden.

The Associated Press has previously reported that Smartmatic does not own Dominion Software as has been reported in some circles. However, the fact that Smartmatic is in the news and its ties to Soros is interesting if nothing else.

A press release dated December 4 from Open Society Foundations said:

Patrick Gaspard has announced his decision to step down as president at the end of the year. During his three-year tenure, he confronted significant threats to open societies around the globe, including the rise of authoritarian regimes and the spread of the COVID-19 virus worldwide. Under his capable leadership, the Open Society Foundations have emerged stronger than ever.

Succeeding him as president will be Mark Malloch-Brown, the former UN deputy secretary general and UK minister, who currently serves on the Foundations’ Global Board. Malloch Brown will take over effective January 1.

In a recent report, the New York Times tried to downplay the connection between Soros and Smartmatic outside of Malloch-Brown’s association with both, while acknowledging that Malloch-Brown is the chairman of Smartmatic:

Speculation that Mr. Soros has any influence over Smartmatic, or its operations has been thoroughly debunked, and he does not own the company. Mr. Soros’s distant connection to the company is through his association with Smartmatic’s chairman, Mark Malloch-Brown, who is on the board of Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundation.

While Malloch-Brown is currently the chairman of SGO, he was identified by Smartmatic in the past as its chairman.

SGO announced that given his new role with Soros, Malloch-Brown would be stepping down as chairman of that company, and acknowledged his work with Smartmatic, which is the world’s leading elections technology company. The company claims their “systems have securely processed more than five billion votes on five continents with zero security breaches.”

Soros-related hacks are heavily involved in the theoretical Biden administration, with many of his far-left organizations supplying administrative staff to Biden. For example, Neera Tanden, head of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress has been named as his theoretical nominee to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Tanden would face an uphill battle as she has made numerous controversial comments about Republican senators in the past and seems on her face to lack qualifications for such a position.

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