The Carey tale is a disheartening one. Reform-minded Teamsters who put Carey at their head in 1991 say he sold out the movement, cutting deals with Old-Guard elements and undermining his own support until he had to steal from the union to eke out the disputed win over Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. Carey's double-dealing also embarrassed government overseers who spent $20 million to ensure a clean election — most of it on watching Hoffa.
In a re-run election for which no date has even been set, Hoffa is no longer a shoo-in, having recently come under investigation himself. "The election process is in turmoil," says Barnes. "It's open political season for whoever wants to run." Anyone except Ron Carey.