In Madison, Wisconsin working families are fighting for their most basic right - to be able to bargain together for living wages, safe working conditions and fair benefits.
They are not alone in their struggle. Here in California, we have seen attack after attack launched against working families and public employees. Some have even gone so far as to say that California state employees shouldn't have collective bargaining rights.
David Crane is a multi-millionaire investment banker and appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger. He is a donor to both campaigns of George W. Bush and actively supported San Francisco's Proposition B which would have unfairly doubled health care costs for children of San Francisco city employees.
Mr. Crane recently published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle which questioned the appropriateness of collective bargaining rights for state employees.
300 workers joined the rally last week to protest Crane's nomination. That, of course, was ignored by the Chronicle. But when Mr. Crane called the paper and told them it was all a "Big Lie", they immediately published a one-sided editorial attacking me and working families.
We can't let this attack go unanswered. That's why I'm asking you to take action.
I know together we can win in Madison and across this country.