Friday, October 17, 2008

Plumbers union rips McCain on ‘Joe the Plumber’

"John McCain made Joe the Plumber a household name. His manufactured outrage on behalf of Joe would be a lot more believable if his economic plan had anything to do with helping working people deal with the economic crisis," UA Assistant General President Steve Kelly said in a recent statement.

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Further on in the article published by The Hill...

The UA union claims to be the first organization of any kind to endorse
Obama in the presidential race. It did so Jan. 9, 2008.
Joe Wurzelbacher, the now-famous Toledo, Ohio plumber who sparred with Obama over taxes at a campaign event in his hometown, is not a UA member, a UA staffer told The Hill.
Wurzelbacher, in fact, is a member of the Associated Builders & Contractors, a non-union trade group that has endorsed McCain, the group said. Wurzelbacher does not hold a plumber's license in the state of Ohio, the UA staffer said, a statement corroborated by Thomas Joseph, an official with the Toledo local plumbers' union.
"Unlike McCain's, Obama's outrage for the middle class is real. He will turn us in a new direction, not keep us on the same, tired old path of the Bush years," Kelly said, going on to blast McCain's tax proposal.
"McCain's plan gives massive tax giveaways to CEOs and mega-corporations while leaving working families out in the cold. At a time when our economy is bleeding jobs, McCain also opposes investment in infrastructure spending, which would create good jobs and help put our economy back on solid footing."

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