The vote of Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton, D-Lexington, to support the Central American Free Trade Agreement was crucial in its 217-215 passage and he may end up in a primary fight in 2006 because of it.
AFL-CIO officials are strongly considering finding candidates to oppose the Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote for CAFTA, according to an article on the International Labor Contractors Association website.
Skelton was a particular target because of his leadership role in the House, the article said.
“Two more Democrats vote against CAFTA and we win,” Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger said in the article. “And to have one member of the Democratic leadership vote for it is outrageous." Skelton is the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.