The Buzz: Union member courts California Republicans

10/08/2013 12:00 AM

10/08/2013 4:20 PM

Union couple look for allies

among state’s Republicans

It was as if he were announcing his presence at a support group.

“I’m Todd Hancock ,” the man in a red shirt said. “I’m a member of CTA.”

Hancock was introducing himself at a committee meeting Saturday at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim.

The CTA, of course, is the California Teachers Association , a major benefactor of Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic causes.

It’s also among three public employee unions that have contributed recently to the state GOP.

Republican delegates, Hancock said, “are surprised to see us.”

Hancock, a Chino high school teacher, and his wife, Mary , who is also a teacher, note that some 35percent of CTA members are Republicans, representing untapped potential for the GOP.

“We’re educating the next Republicans,” she said of her students. “We need support from the party.”

Labor officials have credited the state party’s new chairman, Jim Brulte , with their inclination to give.

They describe it as a tentative effort by unions to work with the GOP.

David Siders

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