UPDATED! Hoffa and Hall have quietly revealed who they plan to add to their slate when they dump Rome Aloise, after the IBT Convention. Despite the grotesque charges against Aloise, Hoffa and Hall plan to stand by him this week in Las Vegas, but they have picked their substitute candidate: Rick Hicks, of Seattle Local 174.
That’s who will be added to their slate, if and when Aloise gets banned from the union—and from running for office. For this week, Hicks will pretend to be an “independent” candidate not on the Hoffa slate.
To ease the transition, Aloise was moved out of his present national position of Vice President at Large, to a regional VP slot in the West.
Operation CYA will allow Hoffa-Hall to rally around Aloise at the IBT Convention this week, but dump him for their back-up candidate when the time comes.
The writing is on the wall for Aloise. The Independent Review Board issued a crushing 122-page report, charging him with racketeering and soliciting favors from employers.
Aloise’s attorneys have delayed their hearing until after the Convention. But the charges against him are extensive and well-documented.
Hoffa-Hall may rally and holler about sticking behind Rome. But Las Vegas is full of shows and spectacles.