Big Oil Launches Earth Day Attack Ads Against Senator Shaheen In An Attempt To Buy A Seat For Scott Brown

Koch Brothers

Big Oil Koch Brothers Spending More To Buy
New Hampshire’s Senate Seat For Scott Brown

 Already More Than $2 Million Has Been
Spent Attacking New Hampshire’s Shaheen

Concord — Scott Brown’s Big Oil cronies are launching new attack ads in New Hampshire, an Earth Day assault providing more proof they want Scott Brown back in the U.S. Senate voting to protect their interests, not New Hampshire’s. Total spending from Big Oil, Wall Street, and conservative groups trying to buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for Scott Brown now tops $2 million.

“We know the Big Oil Koch Brothers are prepared to spend millions to buy Scott Brown our Senate seat. Here is more proof,” said Vlacich.  ”Scott Brown voted for billions of dollars in special tax breaks for Big Oil, even when it meant middle class families had to pay more. Now the Koch brothers are spending big money on attack ads supporting Brown’s campaign because they want him back in the Senate again voting to protect their interests, not ours.”

“The Koch Brothers and Scott Brown don’t know New Hampshire.  You can’t buy a Senate seat here, you earn it by working hard and making a difference for the people of New Hampshire.  Granite Staters know and trust Jeanne Shaheen to fight for their interests and work to make a difference in their lives,” added Vlacich.

In his last campaign in Massachusetts, Scott Brown was caught on video thanking David Koch for his money and pleading for even more Big Oil contributions. Brown voted to protect Big Oil in the Senate, and he has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of campaign contributions from Big Oil for his campaigns.

For more information about the key difference in this race between Brown and Shaheen click here: http://jeanneshaheen.org/message/.

UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Election Objections, Ending The NLRB Review

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NLRB 1CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February’s vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process.

UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to participate in a transparent legal discovery process, which undermines public trust and confidence.

“The unprecedented political interference by Gov. Haslam, Sen. Corker and others was a distraction for Volkswagen employees and a detour from achieving Tennessee’s economic priorities,” King said. “The UAW is ready to put February’s tainted election in the rearview mirror and instead focus on advocating for new jobs and economic investment in Chattanooga.”

UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, who directs the union’s Southern region, echoed that the UAW’s focus is advocating for Volkswagen to create more jobs in Tennessee by adding a new SUV line at the Chattanooga plant. The Haslam administration in August offered nearly $300 million in incentives to bring the new SUV to Chattanooga, but attempted to make the investment contingent on whether the Chattanooga plant is organized. The Haslam administration’s contingency is contrary to Volkswagen’s successful business model, which is premised on worker representation.

“The UAW wants to help create quality jobs and build world-class products for American consumers,” Casteel said. “With this in mind, we urge Gov. Haslam to immediately extend the incentives that previously were offered to Volkswagen for this new SUV line, and do so unconditionally.”

King said the UAW has accomplished a major goal with its election objections. “The UAW’s objections informed the public about the unprecedented interference by anti-labor politicians and third parties who want to prevent workers from exercising their democratic right to choose union representation,” he said.

King also said that outdated federal laws governing the NLRB never contemplated the level of extreme intimidation and interference that occurred in Chattanooga. Even if the NLRB ordered a new election — the board’s only available remedy under current law — nothing would stop politicians and anti-union organizations from again interfering.

Looking ahead, the UAW believes the congressional inquiry into the Haslam administration’s incentives threat to Volkswagen provides the best opportunity for additional scrutiny. The UAW will ask Congress to examine the use of federal funds in the state’s incentives threat, in order to protect Tennessee jobs and workers in the future.

“Frankly, Congress is a more effective venue for publicly examining the now well-documented threat,” King said. “We commend Congressmen George Miller and John Tierney for their leadership on this matter, and look forward to seeing the results of their inquiry.”

United Automobile Workers (UAW) has more than 390,000 members and more than 750 local unions across America. Since its founding in 1935, the UAW has developed partnerships with employers and supported industry-leading wages and benefits for its members. (FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michele Martin, mmartin@uaw.net, (313) 926-5291 or    (313) 510-4269, or visit www.uaw.org/uawvw)

Following is a statement by the Communications Workers of America on the UAW withdrawing objections to the Volkswagen Election:

Washington, D.C. — The Communications Workers of America (CWA) stands with the United Auto Workers (UAW) as that union drops its objections to the NLRB representation election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Now the focus will shift to the congressional investigation into the third party anti-union campaign by elected officials, Grover Norquist and other outside groups.  Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and John Tierney (D-MA), the ranking Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee, are investigating the interference and the shortcomings of our outdated federal labor laws.

In our increasingly globalized world, large foreign multinational corporations are investing in facilities in the U.S.   Some, like Volkswagen, have been greeted by hostile outside campaigns to undermine workers’ right to collective bargaining, usually with cooperation by US management.  In many cases US management embraces anti-union tactics they shun at home, where unions often have recognition and respect. This case was unique in that VW management in Germany and at least officially in the US adopted extensive neutrality provisions which only inflamed outside agitators like Norquist even more.  In a similar case, CWA and the large German services union ver.di have been supporting T-Mobile employees’ struggle to organize for more than 10 years.  Unfortunately the principal owner Deutsche Telekom and US management are anything but neutral.

For all of us the issue remains: What are the rights of employees in a global economy?  Will the U.S. continue to operate at the low end on workers’ rights, accepting the fantasy land of Tennessee elected officials like Governor Haslam and U.S. Senator Corker that markets alone provide a fair outcome?  Or will we build a movement and a consensus that Corker, Haslam and Norquist are way out of bounds and that if we don’t stop them, there will continue to be growing inequality and a falling living standard for most of us in the U.S.?

 

Scott Brown’s Die Young and Broke Campaign Launch (A Statement By Granite State Progress)

Scott Brown in 2010
Image by Wiki Commons
Scott Brown in 2010 Image by Wiki Commons

Scott Brown in 2010
Image by Wiki Commons


Brown wants New Hampshire families to forgo benefits he used himself

CONCORD, NH – Scott Brown will formally announce his campaign bid for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire tonight with a hypocritical ‘Die Young and Broke’ campaign theme – otherwise advertised as Live Free or Log On. Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:

“Scott Brown had no problem logging on when he was collecting health care from the federal government for his own family. Brown even told his hometown paper the Boston Globe that he was keeping his younger daughter on his health plan through age 26, a popular provision available to all families thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Yet, Brown is encouraging Granite State families to forgo health care coverage with a misleading campaign slogan. He might as well be saying die young and broke from lack of health care coverage or medical bankruptcy because that’s what he’s endorsing.”

“Scott Brown’s failed Massachusetts talking points don’t jive with the real benefits tens of thousands of Granite Staters are experiencing thanks to Obamacare. Like Scott Brown’s daughter, 10,000 New Hampshire young adults have remained on their parent’s health insurance plan thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In the last month New Hampshire exceeded expectations for marketplace enrollment and passed Medicaid expansion with a bi-partisan coalition because true Granite Staters know that access to quality, affordable health care coverage means living free from a lifetime of health care problems or escalating medical debt.”

Scott Brown’s campaign also released a press release earlier this week that stated that health care premiums in New Hampshire have risen 90%. WMUR debunked the number, reporting that the flawed figure was based on the opinion of a single New Hampshire broker and that New Hampshire premiums will actually decrease by 8% this year.

“Perhaps Scott Brown’s formal campaign launch will mean that he’ll finally invest in a campaign researcher instead of just the staff he hired to pick out popular New Hampshire venues for his staged photo ops,” Rice Hawkins said.

 

Sources:

Boston Globe: Brown says daughter, 23, insured under health law, May 1, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of New Hampshire, Updated August 1, 2013

Scott Brown: Study Showing Rising Insurance Premiums a Sad Reminder of Obamacare’s Consequences

WMUR: Hear the one about NH health insurance rates going up 90 percent? April 9, 2014

Shea-Porter to Guinta and Innis: Match Scott Brown’s Standard and Take The People’s Pledge

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Image by MARCN CC on Flickr

Image by MARCN CC on Flickr

MANCHESTER, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) has challenged Republican candidates Frank Guinta and Dan Innis to live up to the standard once set by Scott Brown in Massachusetts and agree to keep third-party spending out of New Hampshire.

In a letter sent to former Congressman Guinta and Mr. Innis, Shea-Porter urges them to join with her to limit third-party spending in New Hampshire, returning politics to the place it belongs — in the hands of New Hampshire citizens.

“New Hampshire has always been fertile soil for democracy, but third-party groups are threatening to drown out the voices of average citizens as they flood our airwaves with millions of dollars in negative advertising,” Shea-Porter wrote to Guinta and Innis. “I’m asking you to live up to Scott Brown’s standard, even if he abandoned it, and sign the People’s Pledge to keep third-party spending out of New Hampshire.”

In 2012, Shea-Porter called on Frank Guinta to denounce SuperPAC ads, but he refused. In the 2014 election cycle, third-party groups have already spent more than $1.8 million on negative advertising in New Hampshire, and they’ve pledged to spend more. Despite calls from Public Citizen and Common Cause, Scott Brown has so far refused to sign the People’s Pledge.

Shea-Porter has always practiced campaign finance reform. She does not accept money from Corporate PACs or DC lobbyists. In January, she joined NH Rebellion for the Manchester to Bedford part of the group’s walk across New Hampshire for campaign finance reform. The march was inspired by New Hampshire’s Doris Haddock (“Granny D”), who famously walked across the country in 1999 with a simple sign on her chest: “Campaign Finance Reform.”

Below is a copy of the letter sent to both Mr. Guinta and Mr. Innis who have a primary on September 9th to determine who will be the Republican Party’s candidate in November.

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April 8, 2014

Mr. Frank Guinta
PO Box 877
Manchester, NH 03105

Mr. Daniel Innis
PO Box 667
Manchester, NH 03105

Dear NH-01 Republican Candidate Mr. Guinta and NH-01 Republican Candidate Mr. Innis,

New Hampshire has always been fertile soil for democracy, but third-party groups are threatening to drown out the voices of average citizens as they flood our airwaves with millions of dollars in negative advertising. I’m asking you to live up to Scott Brown’s standard, even if he abandoned it, and sign the People’s Pledge to keep third-party spending out of New Hampshire.

Third-party groups have already spent more than $1.8 million on negative advertising in New Hampshire this cycle, and they’ve pledged to spend more. We know that New Hampshire voters hate these ads, and by working together, we can dramatically reduce them. The time to act is now.

Sign the agreement with me by next week and we will:

 

  • Immediately send out a joint press release that third-party money is not welcome in NH-01
  • Jointly hold a press conference to denounce any third-party that use the airwaves or any form of media ads to attack or support any of us
  • Jointly sign a public statement to the offending third-party that it stop running the ads immediately

 

New Hampshire politics is about knocking on doors, shaking hands, and visiting countless communities. It’s not about who can buy an election by spending millions of dollars on negative ads.

Together, we can return politics to the place it belongs, in the hands of New Hampshire citizens. I hope you’ll join me in doing what’s right for our state and our democracy.

Sincerely,

Carol Shea-Porter

Scott Brown’s Wall Street Cronies Launch New Ads Trying To Buy Him New Hampshire’s Senate Seat

Scott Brown Pledge Meme!

No Wonder Scott Brown Is Refusing To Sign The People’s Pledge

Concord – As Scott Brown’s Wall Street cronies launch new ads for him in New Hampshire, Shaheen for Senate Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich says these ads are proof that Scott Brown is ready to let corporate special interests bankroll his campaign so he can vote to protect their interests in the Senate, not New Hampshire’s. Vlacich said he was ready to meet anywhere at anytime with representatives of the Brown campaign to sign the People’s Pledge to stop outside third party ad spending.  Brown proposed and signed the same People’s Pledge in his 2012 Senate campaign.

“Scott Brown is running from his own People’s Pledge, and it is because he is counting on the big banks to buy him New Hampshire’s Senate seat, with ads like this,” said Vlacich. “The people of New Hampshire know Jeanne Shaheen. They know they can depend on her to fight for them and make a difference for New Hampshire.”

“We are ready to meet anytime and anywhere to sign the People’s Pledge and stop these third party, out of state groups from pouring their millions into New Hampshire and polluting our airwaves,” said Vlacich.

More than $1.5 million has poured into New Hampshire from the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and other Republican special interests to attack Jeanne Shaheen.  Brown stopped these third-party out of state groups by proposing and signing the People’s Pledge with his opponent Elizabeth Warren.

As recently as just a few weeks ago, Scott Brown was bragging about how well his People’s Pledge worked, and in 2012 he said Massachusetts voters deserved better than outside third-party attack ads.  The people of New Hampshire deserve better too, so Jeanne Shaheen has asked him to sign the same People’s Pledge for them.  Last week, two bipartisan nonprofit organizations committed to open and accountable government – Common Cause and Public Citizen – also asked both campaigns to sign the People’s Pledge.  They are asking Brown to respond by April 15th.

Shaheen Campaign Statement on Scott Brown Officially Entering New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Race

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Time for Scott Brown to Sign the Same People’s Pledge He Proposed and Signed for Massachusetts

Concord – With Scott Brown officially entering the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire, it is time for him to sign the People’s Pledge for the Granite State and stop out-of-state third parties from spending millions on attack ads here.  Brown proposed and signed this exact same People’s Pledge in his last race in Massachusetts, and as recently as just a few weeks ago, bragged about how well it worked.

“In 2012, Scott Brown said Massachusetts voters deserved better than outside third-party attack ads.  Well, the people of New Hampshire deserve better too.  We hope, now that he is officially a candidate, Scott Brown will commit to the same standard he set in his last race on the other side of the border and tell the special interests to stay out,” said Shaheen for Senate Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich.

Vlacich continued, “As our Governor and now our U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has always put New Hampshire first. She is a common sense leader who makes a difference for people here: strengthening job-creating small businesses, expanding job training and opportunity, and protecting taxpayers and consumers.”

N.H. Voters Sour On Scott Brown: The More They Learn The Less They Like Him

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After 11 Months of Teasing New Hampshire Voters with an Elaborate Ploy for Attention, Scott Brown’s “Prospects for a Political Comeback in New Hampshire Have Taken a Sudden Nosedive”

Concord – The more New Hampshire voters see of Scott Brown the less they like him.  That is the message from the newest public opinion poll conducted by Suffolk University and the Boston Herald.  After flirting for 11 months, Scott Brown’s “prospects for a political comeback in New Hampshire have taken a sudden nosedive” reports the poll.  The former Massachusetts politician trails New Hampshire’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen 39-52, and is seen unfavorably by New Hampshire voters.

“It is clear that Scott Brown’s scam emails, his toxic record of voting for Big Oil’s interests, and his flippant attitude towards the people of New Hampshire are taking its toll,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “Granite Staters know how important their vote is and consider candidates seriously; Scott Brown’s circus act is failing the laugh test.”

The Suffolk University/Boston Herald is the third public poll in a row showing New Hampshire’s Senator Shaheen widening her lead.  It comes after the billionaire oil baron Koch Brothers and Scott Brown’s allies have spent nearly $900,000 in negative ads against her – outspending Democratic leaning groups by a more than two-to-one margin.  In January PPP Polls reported Shaheen with a 46-43% lead, then the WMUR/UNH Granite State poll showed the lead widening to 47-37%, and now the Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll shows it expanding further to 52-39%.

“Granite Staters aren’t fooled by desperate attacks. They know Jeanne Shaheen, and they know she always puts New Hampshire first, working for commonsense solutions that make a difference for people here,” continued Kirstein.  “Brown has been involved in a ridiculous almost year-long tease – he’s running for Senate, no for President, he’s in his barn jacket, no he’s shirtless — and it is a stark contrast with Senator Shaheen, who has spent the last year working hard for the people of New Hampshire.”

The full report from the Boston Herald on the Suffolk-Herald poll is below.

N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has slipped in a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll when put up against New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

By: Joe Battenfeld

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s prospects for a political comeback in New Hampshire have taken a sudden nosedive, while U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie top the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls in the Granite State, a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll shows.

Brown, the ex-Massachusetts lawmaker now considering a run against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is trailing the Democratic incumbent by a 52-39 percent margin in a general election matchup, according to the Suffolk/Herald poll of 800 likely New Hampshire voters.

Just one in three Granite State voters have a favorable impression of Brown while 42 percent have a negative opinion of the Republican transplant who shocked the political world in 2010 by winning a U.S. Senate seat in the Bay State, the poll shows.

Brown is easily defeating his GOP foes in a Senate primary matchup, getting just one third of Republican voters, according to the poll.

Brown is not the only pol whose approval ratings are taking a beating in New Hampshire. Half of all Granite State voters now disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, with just 40 percent of voters saying they approve. 

More than half of New Hampshire voters – 52 percent say – Obama’s signature health care law has been bad for New Hampshire, according to the poll.

Just 37 percent of voters say Obamacare has been good for the Granite State, a stunning rejection of the new law that has forced millions of people nationwide off their health care plans.

But Obamacare’s unpopularity has not hurt Shaheen or another Democrat facing re-election, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. While Shaheen has opened a comfortable lead against Brown, Hassan is beating her potential GOP opponents by at least 25-point margins, the Suffolk/Herald poll shows. The margin of error for the poll of 800 likely voters is 3.5 percent.

The poll also reveals that the 2016 race for president in the first-in-the-nation primary state is a tossup right now. Paul, the Kentucky senator and tea party favorite, is getting 12 percent of the vote in a crowded field, according to the poll.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who once led the pack in New Hampshire, is also getting just 12 percent of the vote – a sign he’s been hurt by the George Washington bridge scandal and ongoing criminal investigation.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, follow with nine percent in a matchup of 426 likely GOP primary voters, the poll shows.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is getting eight percent, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has support from seven percent of New Hampshire voters and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio trails with six percent in a 2016 trial heat.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is also in the middle of the pack with five percent support from New Hampshire Republican primary voters – tied with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.

There are 14 percent of voters who say they are undecided right now.

Former Republican Congressman Bill Zeliff Endorses Mike Cryans for Executive Council

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Jackson – Today former Congressman William H. Zeliff, Jr crossed party lines to endorse Mike Cryans for executive council.  “Bill” Zeliff of Jackson is a former Congressman who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997 as a Republican, today he issued this statement:

“I have given the special election for First District Executive Council a lot of thought and I am proud to support Mike Cryans’ candidacy in this special election on Tuesday March 11, 2014. I have watched Mike and Ray Burton work together as Grafton County Commissioners, and I feel that they are men cut from the same cloth who share many of the same qualities.  Just like Ray, Mike is a good listener, a gentleman and he has worked and lived in the North Country his entire life.  In addition he has a profound belief in public service and will be a hard worker and fighter for the interests of the North Country that we all care about. I urge all of  my friends and supporters in Executive Council District One to vote for Mike Cryans in this special election as I believe strongly that he is the best person for the job.”

Bill Zeliff was leader in the ‘Republican Revolution’ of 1994. He helped to create and implement Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America as a Deputy Republican Whip. His endorsement demonstrates that Mike Cryans has broad support across the political spectrum including the New Hampshire Republican leadership.

Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans is a proven problem solver and consensus builder.  In the 16 years he served side by side with Republican Ray Burton, they worked together across party lines to deliver for constituents.  The strong relationship Mike built with his Republican counterpart, motivated the Burton Family to endorsement Mike Cryans earlier in the election. Last week a group of two dozen current and former Republican Leaders launched Republicans for Cryans Committee to highlight Mike’s bipartisan support.

New Out-Of-Stater Jumps Into The NH U.S. Senate Race

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New U.S. Senate Candidate Launches Campaign in New Hampshire; Will Challenge Scott Brown, Bob Smith in Republican Primary

a Mike Morrill for US Senate - Emphasis

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CONCORD, NH – A new candidate for New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race launched his campaign during a press conference at the New Hampshire State House on Monday, January 27th. Michael Morrill announced he is running for United States Senate from the state of New Hampshire, seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. Morrill does not believe the fact that he currently lives in Pennsylvania will be a detriment to his campaign.

“There’s an open seat in the Republican Senate primary and someone has to fill it. Why not me?” Morrill said. “Like Scott Brown and Bob Smith, I see this race as pure opportunity.”

During the press conference Morrill outlined his qualifications to be elected the next U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, and his promises to the people of the state.

“Like Scott Brown, my family and I have strong ties to the Granite State that go back many generations. I have two brothers who live here. My father spent his last years here. I went to Boy Scout camp in Antrim. My mother lives in Amesbury.  I know that’s in Massachusetts, but it’s close enough. In addition, I have found Lost River –on many occasions. My car has climbed Mt. Washington. I have skied Attitash.  Well, I have ridden the alpine slide.”

“But it’s not just my deep New Hampshire roots that have compelled me to seek to become your U.S. Senator.  As I said earlier, this is really about one thing: pure opportunism. And that’s really why I want to be your United States Senator.  Like former Senators Smith and Brown, I’m looking for a cushy job, with lots of travel opportunities, great publicly-funded healthcare and a retirement plan that requires little investment on my part, but produces a retirement income that will make me comfortable in my old age. I promise to visit this great state at least twice a year once elected.”

Granite State Progress, a progressive advocacy organization, arranged the tongue-in-cheek press conference. Michael Morrill is the executive director of Keystone Progress, Granite State Progress’ sister organization in Pennsylvania.

“Morrill’s intent to run for U.S. Senate may not be real, but his New Hampshire credentials are and follow the same logic that Massachusetts’s Scott Brown and former Sen. Bob Smith, most recently of Florida, are using to justify their presence in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “New Hampshire voters will choose for themselves who they want to represent them, but let’s not forget that Brown and Smith are jumping into this race out of political opportunity, pure and simple.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Election Night Results

Richard Trumka (The Nation / AP-Photo)

Working people woke up today with new faith in American politics.   Americans who want education, health care, safe jobs, and an economy of shared prosperity voted for working family candidates and policies that rebuild the middle class.  Last night’s results show that voters rejected the Tea Party extremism that led to the government shutdown and almost caused our country to default. You could see the impact of grassroots politics and the popularity of issues that make a difference in the lives of working people.

In Boston, voters elected a union member for mayor. In Virginia, a working family candidate was elected governor. In New York, voters elected a Democratic mayor for the first time in decades. In New Jersey, voters supported the state legislature and passed a groundbreaking minimum wage increase. And in SeaTac, voters are also on the verge of passing a groundbreaking minimum wage increase.

Elections matter. They can be a road to the future we want and need. At the ballot box, we can help build an economy that works for working people. This year has been important, but the elections in 2014 and 2016 will be more so. We will keep building an independent labor movement that builds power for working people in the workplace and in the political life. We’ll start at the local level, and we’ll build to the national level. Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate. It’s to improve the lives of working families and strengthen our economy as well as our country, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.