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GOP Attacks McAuliffe On Union Ties

Anita Kumar

Republicans are blasting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for touting this week that he hired all union workers in Florida because they say that violates the state's right-to-work law.

"I've gone into states like Florida -- right-to-work," McAuliffe said this week in a debate hosted by the Washington Post and News Channel 8 at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus."And hired all union workers."

Florida, Virginia and 20 other states have laws that so not alow union membership to be a condition of employment.

"Terry McAuliffe either doesn't know or doesn't care what the letter and spirit of right-to-work laws are if he brags about discriminating against non-union workers," said party chairman Pat Mullins. "Requiring all workers to be unionized is against the policy of Virginia and it is shocking that he would boast about breaking it."

The GOP and Republican gubernatorial nominee have been hammering Democrats for their union ties and their support of the Employee Free Choice Act that, which would make it easier to form a union. But it's unclear whether criticisms like this one will stick.

"We're not going to take lectures on job creation from someone who stood against the policies of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine that created jobs in Virginia, and stood against President Obama's stimulus plan that would help get our economy back on track,'' said Lis Smith, McAuliffe's spokeswoman. "If Terry wins the nomination, he'll be the only candidate in the general election who has decades of experience creating thousands of good jobs. Its not just a catchy campaign slogan for him.

McAuliffe has spent decades in Washington working with national Democratic leaders forging close ties to unions, and has receive many of the biggest labor endorsements.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 21, 2009; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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The Republicans are terrified that Terry McAuliffe will represent Virginia Democrats.

Yesterday, Republicans were mumbling something akin to Republicans do not support working people. Today's refinement is that Republicans do not like Florida working people who happen to choose to be in unions. Republicans know they don't have a clue about what it means to be a working person. Republicans know that in these days of economic hardship, all Virginians are waking up to Republicans who appear only to block elimination of programs that hurt hardworking Virginians such as payday loans. Many of us are beset by payday loans. Many more are beset by questionable actions by credit card and mortgage companies. It’s almost like the motto of the Republicans should be --- anything that helps the few and hurts hardworking Virginians.

"It's the economy, stupid." Terry McAuliffe is focused on what will make the biggest difference in the lives of all Virginians --- the economy. Good jobs with good wages with good benefits. Terry McAuliffe is positive and forward looking.

Posted by: Willis3 | May 21, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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