Representative King (R-Seaford, NY-03) has come out against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), citing that "'our country is facing its most severe economic crisis in 75 years' and under this severe combination of conditions, EFCA 'would be too severe a shock to our economy at this time and would be counterproductive ... I will continue, of course, to monitor the situation, but that is my current thinking.'”
Come again? EFCA would be too severe a shock to our economy? Or are the dollars from Big Business, the Chamber of Commerce, and every right-wing organization that is seeking to defeat EFCA too tempting to stand by your principals?
I am getting really sick and tired of every Republican, Blue-Dog, 'New Democrat' and others positioning themselves to gain leverage over donor bases as a result of the EFCA fight. There is a lot of money to be made one either side by ideologues, and it is starting to cloud the true meaning of the legislation: ensuring that the labor movement survives, flourishes and helps to reestablish the middle class in this country.
Representative King talks about how this will too much of a 'shock to the system', yet voted against the Stimulus, perhaps one of the most reckless, partisan acts he could have taken, contributing to the continued marginalization of the Republican Party with the majority of voters.
Obviously King is setting himself up to run for Senate against a docile and ineffectual Gillibrand for Senate Campaign in 2010, which so far has proven itself to either have a piss-poor communications team, or is still assembling it--which at this stage is fine--but going against King will require all hands on deck. He is not to be underestimated.
Pataki is being considered; therefore, to set himself as an alternative, more conservative Republican, he has had to contort, twist and totally modify what he stands for.
He also voted AGAINST the Lily Ledbetter Act. So my question to Congressman King is this:
What the hell is wrong with you? And what makes you think you can win a statewide election in New York?