Politics & Policy

Exclusive: Inside Lee Fisher and Union Leaders’ Press Outreach

This morning, the Lee Fisher Campaign hosted a conference call to discuss the “unprecedented obstruction” currently taking place in the Senate with regard to Democratic measures.

The call featured Seth Rosen, vice president of Communication Workers of America, and Ron Gay, president of that union’s 4300 division in Youngstown, Ohio. Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher, however, was the featured attraction. Battle ‘10 was on hand to record it.

For those curious about the desperation of Ohio’s left, and of the left generally, this call could not have been more instructive. The words “unprecedented obstruction” were thrown around like candy by all involved, and Senate candidate Fisher actually proposed ending the filibuster altogether.

“The filibuster was at one point a well-intentioned rule to protect the minority,” Fisher said. “It’s now a political, partisan weapon of mass destruction. There is no question that the Republicans in the Senate have taken filibuster abuse to an entirely new level, to such a level that literally every American should be angry that there are members of the US Senate today like my opponent Rob Portman who continue to support the use of the filibuster as a partisan weapon to block legislation, no matter what that legislation is, even if they support it.”

Interestingly, the union representatives seem to believe that not jobs per se, but outsourcing, is the top priority this election cycle. Ron Gay called the issue the “number one concern of families and voters” and blasted the Republicans for “refusing to even allow discussion” on the issue when “my tax dollars are going to support these companies.” How exactly Gay’s tax dollars were being used to provide tax breaks was not immediately clear.

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