Government workforce a key vote in 2012 election
By: Matt Laslo // August 1, 2012
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
stands with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
as he campaigns at Electronic Instrumentation and Technology in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, June 27.
Virginia is one of the most hotly-contested states in this year’s presidential election, which makes political outreach to federal workers in the region all the more important. Some Democratic campaigns think they have the votes of most federal employees in the bag, but it’s more complicated than one might think.
There’s been no shortage of Republican rhetoric about shrinking the government — even eliminating entire agencies — during this year’s presidential race. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney epitomized the argument during a speech on the campaign trail after he won the Michigan GOP primary in February. Continue reading “Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers”