by Felix Perez
He was for it in June. Yesterday he refused to take a position. This morning, less than 24 hours later — after being roundly criticized in the media by his opponents and the extreme wing of his party — he’s for it again.
It’s enough to make you want to keep a scorecard.
So, as it stands right now, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports keeping in place the Ohio anti-worker law that will be on the statewide ballot November 8.
Outside a campaign event in Fairfax, VA, this morning, Romney attempted to clarify his position. “I’m sorry if I created any confusion,” adding, “I fully support Gov. Kasich’s – I think it’s called Question 2, in Ohio – fully support that.”
Romney’s high-profile backing is in stark contrast to the tens of thousands of teachers, education support staff, police officers, firefighters, nurses and other middle class workers who say the law is unfair, unsafe and hurts all Ohioans. Ohio middle-class citizens are waging an unprecedented grassroots campaign to fight back against the tens of millions in out-of-state dollars from extremist corporate donors and political organizations.
Should they succeed in defeating Issue 2, Ohioans would overturn Senate Bill 5, legislation that was rammed through the legislature in March that strips middle class citizens of a voice in their workplace —whether it’s to negotiate class sizes, firefighter or police safety equipment, or nurse staffing levels.
Marlene Quinn, a great- grandmother from Cincinnati, has unwittingly come to symbolize the extent to which funders supporting Issue 2 will go to spread their anti-worker message. Quinn appeared in an ad urging Ohioans to vote ‘no’ on Issue 2. Her words were then used without permission by Issue 2 supporters in an ad that was pulled off the air by more than 30 television stations.
“I don’t want the politicians in Columbus making decisions for the firefighters, the police, teachers, nurses or any organization that’s helping people,” said Quinn.
Romney, who accumulated a personal net worth of between $190 million and $250 million as vice president of one of the nation’s largest venture capital and investment firms that specialized in buying companies and selling them off piece by piece, is no stranger to controversy when it comes to worker issues. His supporters say his company came to the aid of ailing companies and created jobs. His detractors say he made money by shutting down factories and laying off workers, occasionally driving companies into bankruptcy.
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