How Labor's Campaign Blitz Made The Gop Blink

Enraged Republicans vowed revenge last November when organized labor's $35 million campaign blitz helped topple 18 GOP incumbents and nearly shifted control of the House to the Democrats. But lately, Republican pledges to go for a labor knockout have given way to targeted jabs. The reason: Many Republicans, spooked by the AFL-CIO's hardball tactics, don't want to alienate blue-collar constituents and become targets for defeat in 1998. "The unions didn't win the election, but they sure made some of our members nervous," admits one GOP staffer.

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