Republican congressional candidate David Harmer's crossing picket lines of locked-out Castlewood Country Club workers was not a deliberate act, according to Harmer's campaign manager.
"Their dispute doesn't have anything to do with us," said Cameron Wilkinson, who said he only learned this week about the dispute.
"We had an event scheduled for (Thursday) -- we hope the various parties can work things out," Wilkinson said.
The $2,400-a-plate luncheon had 32 reservations, including members of the campaign and Harmer's family.
Meanwhile, striking workers on the picket line along the road leading to Castlewood had drawn 25 as of late Thursday as the luncheon got under way.
Locked-out worker Sarah Norr said she didn't think those headed to the luncheon would respect the pickets, given the cost.
"These are people we expect to be out of touch," Norr said.
Norr said picketing will continue until workers get a contract. Recently, Castlewood management rescinded an offer made early this year and went back to an offer made in late 2009.
She said the country club has told members it's lost about $400,000 from canceled events, and that others that booked before the lockout -- such as the American Junior Golf Association -- have said they won't return until the dispute is settled.
Norr said the golf association wrote Castlewood a "very strong letter" condemning the lockout.
Castlewood management has declined to comment on the lockout or to say if the comments by the union are accurate.