In case you missed it, here’s my column this week on the five things to watch now that the city attorney’s race is revving up.

But there is a post script. One of my “things to watch” was whether the union of local unions, the Labor Council, would endorse either of the city attorney contests.

No need to look very hard. The group quietly made it known last week that they had decided not to decide who they would prefer to be the city attorney. The group did the same, you remember, with the mayor’s race several months ago after flirting with one-time Republican darling Steve Francis.

Here’s their explanation of the decision to stay out of the city attorney’s race.

So what does that mean? A non-endorsement is a win for Goldsmith. The conservative Republican had little chance to get the endorsement. But if Aguirre is trying to make this a partisan, Democrats vs. Republicans, race, he just lost a big opportunity to bolster his Dem credentials.

On the other hand, he could revert to his long-held stance that unions and the Labor Council are part of an establishment he is continuing to challenge. Not sure if that’s a winning argument, but it’s definitely his type of argument.

SCOTT LEWIS

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