Received via email from Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work Committee
Why is Newt Gingrich undercutting our efforts to stop Big Labor’s Card Check bill?
Right to Work activists will be disturbed to learn Newt is backing an outspoken supporter of forced unionism and the union bosses in a special election for Congress next week in New York 23.
Does Mr. Gingrich really think it makes no difference whether the Republican Party is pro-worker freedom or not? Just like the final few years when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, for Newt, it is appears it is just about power and party over principle.
You’ve probably heard some of the details by now. Opponents of forced unionism are outraged that the Republican party has nominated a candidate who is a supporter of coercive card check. Other conservative and Republican activists have their own reasons for being upset — that the Republican nominee simply does not support positions anywhere near in line with those of rank and file, main stream Republican voters.
Of course, our concern centers around the forced unionism card check bill and Right to Work issue that simply guarantees a worker the right to decide whether they will join and support a labor union.
The most pressing issue right now though is the Card Check Forced unionism bill, S.B. 560, that is pending in the congress right now!
The bill would eliminate the secret ballot, force workers to accept mandatory binding arbitration, and give broad new power over workers to Big Labor.
The Republican nominee in New York 23, Dede Scozaffava, is simply as wrong as can be on this issue. She answered the AFLCIO’s questions by indicating her support for Card Check.
Unfortunately, that’s been a habitual pattern with Dede Scozzafava. As a New York Assemblywoman, Dede Scozzafava voted to impose binding arbitration on public employees, stripping workers of the right to vote on their own contracts.
But she didn’t stop there.
Dede Scozzafava also voted for “Card Check” to strip certain New York healthcare workers of the right to vote in a secret ballot election.
So why would any opponent of Card Check support Dede Scozaffava?
That’s a good question, and it’s exactly the question you should ask Newt Gingrich.
You see, all this year Newt Gingrich has been claiming the fight against Card Check as one of the biggest issues for his group, American Solutions. You’ve probably received emails from him asking for money to fight the card check bill.
I think it’s pretty brazen for someone to raise money to fight card check, and then endorse candidates that will go to Washington and vote for this forced unionism power grab.
But that is exactly what’s happening here.
You would think Newt Gingrich would have learned his lessons. Personal issues aside, the main reason Newt left the House after losing the support of his colleagues was simple – he tried to run issueless campaigns and supported too many so-called “Republicans” who were on the wrong side of key issues like Card Check.
After Newt felt a lot of heat from Right to Work supporters back then for failing to move a National Right to Work law, he replied that he didn’t need to hold votes on issues like Right to Work, because “We have Monica Lewinsky.” Again, party and power over principles, and that cost him the Speaker’s chair.
So I ask you today — are you sick of politicians – even retired ones – who simply don’t back up their words with their actions?
I know I am.
So please, contact Newt Gingrich today at (202) 828-6025. Tell him to apologize for his support for Big Labor Republican Dede Scozaffava. Tell him you’re sick of So-called leaders who say one thing and then do another.
Tell him it’s about issues and principles, not whether or not the candidate has an “R” next to his or her name.