Always happy to attack Big Labor’s enemies, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) did so from the Senate floor during the debate over Craig Becker’s appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). After being placed during a recess, Becker has driven Rep. John Kline (R-MN): NLRB is a runaway board and my bill is the way to rein it in" href="http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/29/rep-john-kline-nlrb-is-a-runaway-board-and-my-bill-is-the-way-to-rein-it-in/" target="_blank">NLRB’s lurch to the Progressive fringe, shoring up the power of key Democratic Party donors at the expense of workers and businesses across the country.
The Progressive fringe is Sherrod Brown’s wheelhouse (he is, after all, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for House's most conservative" href="http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/02/new_vote_rating_ties_ohios_she.html" target="_blank">America’s left-most senator), so here is Sherrod’s response to complaints about Becker’s work for the union bosses NLRB oversees:
Whining that conservatives call his Socialist beliefs Socialist is a well Sherrod visits often, and Becker has helped Sherrod look ridiculous yet again. Poor, moderate, sensible Becker, before his recess appointment and subsequent bureaucratic rampage, was described thus by The Hill:
He is an adamant supporter of card-check legislation — a proposal that allows unions to form more easily, supported by the White House — and has done considerable work for the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union.
Republicans pointed to Becker’s glaring conflicts of interest, and Sherrod Brown’s rebuttal was to cry foul and call names. Anyone following the NLRB for the past two years knows how that turned out.
C-SPAN 2 clip transcript:
SHERROD BROWN: If, if no arguments work, it’s time to trot ACORN out and tie Craig Becker right to ACORN, whatever ACORN is. And, it’s just, it would be amusing if they didn’t use it time, after time, after time. “He must be a bad nominee because he worked with somebody from ACORN,” or, “He worked with somebody from the Service Employees International Union,” or, “He worked with Governor Blagojevich in Illinois!” That’s, that’s the kind of guilt-by-association that I thought this institution stopped doing 55 years ago when Joe McCarthy was censured.
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