Labor of Love

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine

Southern Discomfort

Many labor officials are complaining about the selection of Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic nominating convention, saying North Carolina is the least unionized state in the entire country.

One union official tells Fox -- quote -- "It's a calculated affront. They made a decision to open their convention on Labor Day in a state with the least number of unionized folks in the country and they knew that."

The DNC says it did not intend to slight Big Labor.

On Second Thought

A speech by former President George W. Bush at a charity dinner in Geneva next Saturday has been canceled amid security concerns.

Human rights activists had called for demonstrations and asked the Swiss government to begin a war crimes investigation.

A Bush spokesman said -- quote -- "President Bush was looking forward to speaking about freedom and offering reflections from his time in office."

Anywhere But Here

And finally, a State Department review of Cynthia Strom's short tenure as ambassador to Luxembourg said things were so bad some staff requested transfers to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Strom was a major campaign donor to President Obama. She says she has filed a rebuttal to the internal review that found her 14 months as ambassador to be a disaster.

The report cited what it called her abusive management style, personality conflicts and questionable expenditures on travel, wine and liquor.