Politics & Policy

AFL-CIO Calls Kasich, Other GOP Nominees the ‘Gordon Gekkos of Ohio’

If that’s the case, I suppose it means a majority of the Ohio electorate believes “greed is good“:

Some of you may remember Gordon Gekko, the unscrupulous Wall Street trader from the 1987 Academy Award-winning film “Wall Street.” Gekko—played by Michael Douglas and returning this Friday in a new sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”—uses unethical and deceitful tactics to amass an immense amount of wealth on the backs of working families. “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works,” says Gekko, a phrase that has become part of popular usage.

Flash forward more than 20 years and you can see the spirit of Gordon Gekko channeled by candidates right here in Ohio. These Wall Street cheerleaders—John Kasich, Rob Portman, Steve Chabot, Tom Ganley, Bob Gibbs, Jim Renacci and Steve Stivers—have voting records that would make Gekko drool. Whether it’s direct ties to corrupt Wall Street corporations, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from Wall Street firms or general unethical and greedy business practices, these candidates rightfully earn the title of Gordon Gekkos of Ohio.


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