This just in. After an eight-hour board meeting in Chicago on Monday, the executive board of the Service Employees International Union decided not to endorse for now in the Democratic primary. The executive board will revisit an endorsement on Oct. 8, after the third quarter fund-raising totals are in.
This is a big setback for White House hopeful former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) who has been working the SEIU leaders (first, second and third tier) for years. This is very good news for rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) who now has bought time to persuade SEIU leaders that he is the most politically viable contender. I'm told the leaders of the SEIU--one of the most politically active unions in the nation---want to make an endorsement. And there are elements within the leadership who want to stop Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who is the frontrunner in most polls--national and in the four early primary states.