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If you’re detecting a bit of concern about the Brown campaign from some of his would-be allies, you’re not the only ones. At an all-hands-on deck meeting earlier this month of the California Labor Federation, some poll numbers were circulated that raised more than a few eyebrows, and presumably a couple of blood-pressure numbers as well. Sources tell The Skinny that the surveys showed Whitman running strong among union members, even if the union leadership was strongly in favor of Brown. How strong? Strong enough to spring labor leaders into action to “educate” their members about what they see is Whitman’s abysmal record on the issues they care most about. If there is a silver lining for Brown, the same survey showed that once union members were given specifics on Whitman’s positions on pensions, state-worker layoffs and her voting record, the numbers swung back to heavily favor Brown. The Labor Fed says they’re in the midst of a massive member education effort. But will it be enough to counteract the massive spending from the Whitman campaign? We’ll know in less than six weeks, but in the meantime, some of Brown’s most strident allies are more than a little concerned…


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