Friday, August 17, 2007

Webb Promises to Help Labor In Virginia

Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA., thanked labor for their strong support in last year's remarkable come from behind victory over George Allen and promised to help labor candidates win in state elections this November.

Daily Press reports Webb's visit to the "annual political convention of the Virginia AFL-CIO" in McLean earlier today with a great quote.

Webb recalled his decision in October to walk a picket line with striking steelworkers in Southside Virginia, as his race with Allen was neck and neck.

Many advisers said it was a bad idea. "I still don't know whether it was the right political thing to do--I'm sure it lost some votes and I'm sure that it energized some folks--but it was the right thing to do," Webb said.

Pay attention wingnuts.

The junior senator's winning campaign last fall proved you can be both a politician and honest. Although it certainly doesn't look like Republicans learned anything from last year and have once again chosen to not take the noble road.

Yep, it's just more scare talk about the big bad wolf, only instead of taxes, terrorists, felons, immigrants, gays and pagans, you know, like Karl Rove, Tom Foley, David Dreier, Jeff Gannon, Mel Martinez and others, the GOP mouthpiece tagged labor.
Shaun Kenney, a spokesman for the Virginia GOP, questioned whether the politicians' close ties to labor might eventually result in efforts to repeal Virginia's right-to-work laws.

"That's high on the agenda for Big Labor," Kenney said. "Virginia's status as a right-to-work state has resulted in us being one of the most business-friendly states in the nation."
There goes all those great jobs that have been shipped to Mexico and overseas!

Of course, Webb chose the occasion to give the audience a little red meat by way of friendly reminder. You may recall, in a strictly partisan vote, Republicans rejected Gov. Tim Kaine's choice for secretary of the commonwealth -- something the Washington Post reported was unprecedented.

Well, make them pay for that vote, Fighting Jim Webb told the rank-and-file. Campaign hard in the district of every GOPer who rejected Daniel LeBlanc.
"My dad taught me that if you get in a fight--whether you win or lose-- you make sure that the other person is marked," Webb said as the audience of 300 delegates erupted in a standing ovation.
They ignored and laughed off Kaine's outrage back in 2006; let's see and hear them laugh now.

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