Forget anything you heard about California Gov. Jerry Brown as a champion of farmworkers. After 12 days of rallies imploring him to sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act
, with one hour left to make a decision, Brown vetoed
Opposition came from the usual suspects:
Opponents of the bill included a large coalition of business and agricultural interests, including the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Grocers Assn., the California Restaurant Assn. and the Western Growers Assn.
Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers, said in a statement:
"What never changes in politics is power. Governor Brown accepted the arguments made by the powerful agribusiness lobby and rejected the cause of powerless farm workers."
So much for Gov. Moonbeam. Now he's Gov. Lickspittle.