Allegheny County Labor Council President Jack Shea said yesterday that Jason Altmire gave union chiefs his word that he would vote for health care reform (Altmire said the discussion was over a different version of the bill.)
Now SEIU president Andy Stern is singling out Altmire in a Q&A with the National Journal:
NJ: There's a lot of energy on the "no" side -- folks opposed to health care who are eager to help defeat Democrats who backed it. Can you close the "passion gap"?
Stern: There is a lot of passion I'm afraid you are going to see on the Democratic side, holding people accountable who promised their constituents they were going to vote for health care. They ran on health care, like [Pennsylvania Democrat] Jason Altmire and others who then betrayed people when the time came. And I think you will see some of the same Tea Party energy unleashed there. But at the same time, I think people underestimate, at least among the activists in our union, the pride and the energy that will be there to support the people who stood up for health care in the most difficult debate and vote they probably have ever taken.