If you follow the links on the article all the way back to the description of his meeting with the chamber you’ll find that he supposedly told the Chamber during that shortened meeting something like “I’m the guy you’ve been waiting for for 20 years.”
When they didn’t immediately come through, he walked out.
Then he turned the walk-out into a campaign strategy.
Smart politician, for sure, but where he stands is up in the air if you’re down on the Chamber of Commerce, I guess.
For myself, I’m not staying home in November if my candidate is endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce because the Left sn’t going to stay home even if their candidates are endorsed by the Communist Party. There is quite a difference in those two endorsements.