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September 10, 2013

SparkyDear Sparky: I’m not a big fan of  politicians but I understand that the union has to do the whole endorsement thing. Sometimes I like who you pick and sometimes I don’t. But what I don’t get is how you decide when to back somebody. Is it like a backroom deal type of thing? And is there any chance you’ll ever run for office, Sparky? Take ‘em or leave 'em

Dear Take ‘em: Have you ever heard of the old-fashioned sniff test? Here’s how it works. I give each candidate a sniff and go with the one who smells right to me; the others get a growl, or worse, a bite. OK—it doesn't quite work like that but can you blame a dog for trying? The endorsement process is pretty simple. A committee made up of members likes you meets every month, and based on interviews with candidates, questionnaires or forums, decides whether or not to endorse. To win the coveted 888 "thumbs up," the majority of committee members + one must agree. The process is explained elsewhere on our website.  The COPA committee is open to all members who donate to the union’s political program. As to your question about my running for office, I'm afraid I've got a few too many bones buried in my backyard, if you know what I mean. Sparky