Wednesday, May 24, 2006

John Sweeney's Labor Record

Congressman Do-Over... er... Rep. John Sweeney sent his first campaign mailer the other day. I haven't received one (what? you don't love me anymore John?) but curtesy of the Albany Times Union we have this shot:


According to the Times Union:
"U.S. Rep. John Sweeney’s latest campaign mailer highlights what seems to be the central theme of his (yet to be announced) re-election effort: That he’s just a local blue-collar boy running against a rich, New York infiltrator who’s out of touch with working-class families in the 20th CD."

"Sweeney’s brochure also gives a nod to organized labor, a traditionally Democratic bastion, noting that his dad helped found the Troy branch of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, Local 196.

Unfortunately for working men and women in the 20th district John’s father isn’t running for office. Instead we have Congressman Do-Over with his atrocious voting record on labor issues.

Fortunately we have Project Vote Smart available to see just what sort of friend of the working man Dear John is. He can't run on his fathers record. He has to run on his own. A small sampling:

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 25 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the Service Employees International Union 12 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 21 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 27 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers 0 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Worker 17 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Sweeney supported the interests of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees 13 percent in 2005.

Oh... and it turns out that Teachers (0 percent) and farmers (17 percent) don’t like him much either.

"My actions in Congress aren’t guided by political opinion surveys or by some Washington special interest group," the mailer reads. "My actions are guided by a lifetime of living here and the opinions of people who put me in office…I will never forget where I came from, or who I'm fighting for now."

Congressman Do-Over’s actions are unfortunately very much guided by Al D’Amato, Bill Powers, Tom DeLay, George Bush and the lobbyists that put him in office. Fortunately it is still possible for the people of the district to over rule those folks and remove him from office. Which we will do in November. Every 2 years we get an opportunity for a "do-over" too and we’ve had enough of Sweeney and the "do-over" approach to government of he and his republican bunch.

It’s time to get people into office that are serious about getting it right the first time around.

1 comment:

la la la I can't hear you said...

I have a mailer! I couldn't believe it. But my husband didn't get one. Maybe this is the mailer that is going out to pretty faces in the district. You'll get a macho mailer soon, don't worry.

One thing I noticed was the mailer shows pictures of JS with his parents, his sibling and his "other son" (a nephew) but not his real son or his wife....

Posted on 20TB about that this AM.