Nine labor unions endorse Shaheen
A coalition of the state’s largest labor unions, including the National Education Association and State Employees Association, put their backing behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen while knocking her top opponent, Scott Brown.
“This election, we’re going door to door because there’s a real contrast in this race between someone running for New Hampshire working families and someone who’s in this race to line his own pockets,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO said in a press release from the Shaheen campaign.
In the release, Shaheen’s campaign hit Brown for recent comments that he doesn’t believe its a senator’s role to create jobs and for his role as an advisor to a company that outsourced jobs. The Teamsters as well as unions for the state’s iron workers, electrical workers, food and commercial works, laborers and postal workers also endorsed Shaheen, according to the release.
“As governor and senator, Jeanne Shaheen’s worked to create good paying jobs by investing in infrastructure and education right here in New Hampshire,” said Joe Bonfiglio, President of the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council. “Scott Brown on the other hand seems to care more about the economies of China and Mexico. He’s made a quarter million dollars on the board of a company that shipped jobs overseas to increase profits.”
Those comments refer to Brown’s role as an advisor to a paper company called Kadant Inc., which the Nashua Telegraph reported outsourced jobs to China and Mexico. Brown made $270,000 for his role as an advisor and still sits on the board. Since the story came out, Brown has defended the company and has not stepped down as an advisor. Republicans have pointed out that while Shaheen was governor, New Hampshire outsourced part of its food stamps program to India.
“Scott Brown has never outsourced any jobs, unlike Jeanne Shaheen who outsourced jobs as the governor of New Hampshire,” Brown spokeswoman Lizzy Guyton said.
Brown’s comments on job creation were made during a town hall meeting yesterday, where he said its not the role of government to create jobs.
“I am not going to create one job, it is not my job to create jobs. It’s yours. My job is to make sure that government stays out of your way so that you can actually grow and expand,” Brown said during a town hall meeting in Hudson.
In the past, Shaheen has said its the job of businesses, not government to create jobs, but that government policy has a role to play.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)