Everything revolves around “What can you do for me”.
Vote swapping and favor trading is a big business.
You want something, you horse-trade with others to give them what they want, and they, in return, give you what you want.
Payback is important and every side keeps a balance sheet.
Politicians running for office collect endorsements.
Like money, they are considered a “mother’s milk” of running for office.
While it doesn’t mean anything close to what it used to, candidates still lust after union endorsements.
It used to be union members generally voted for the union endorsed candidate, that doesn’t happen so much anymore.
Regardless, the endorsements are sought and always mentioned as a major part of any candidates campaign literature.
So the word goes out from Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign that endorsements from major Republicans in local areas would be appreciated.
Charles Djou, running against Colleen Hanabusa for her Congressional seat is glad to oblige.
In a Twitter message posted today:
Looking forward to Romney’s endorsement in return.
“I am proud to have Charles’ support. He has been an advocate for lower taxes, getting spending under control, and creating the right environment for job creation. In addition to his legislative service, Charles serves his country and I am honored to have his support.”
Charles got screwed.