Joe The Plumber To Campaign Against Bill To Help Plumbers (Among Others)
Mr. Plumber will speak at rallies against the measure in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia on March 30th and 31st, according to a spokesperson for the anti-EFCA group Americans for Prosperity.
“The public loves Joe the Plumber,” the spokesperson, Mary Ellen Burke, claimed to me. “They see him as a role model.”
Asked whether Joe the Plumber had any particular knowledge or expertise about EFCA that might explain the decision to enlist him, Burke said that he was being enlisted to provide a “grassroots perspective” and “the working perspective” on the measure.
Pressed on whether Joe the Plumber has any particular claim to being a spokesperson on the issue, Burke replied that “he represents the American worker.”
Burke couldn’t immediately say whether Joe the Plumber was being paid for his appearances.
So the conservative-and-self-appointed spokesman for the working man, who has no license to practice his trade, is campaigning agianst a bill that the organization that does represent his trade, supports. Rick Terven, political and legislative director of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry says, “Real plumbers want and need the Employee Free Choice Act as a way to empower themselves to join a union, without fear of intimidation or losing their jobs. Joe the Plumber doesn’t speak for real plumbers.”Click here for reuse options!
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