Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.
A new super pac has been announced and it intrigues me. Called The American Worker, it will back Democrats in 11 states who are in districts with a large Latino populace. The best part is it won’t give resources to Dems who vote for free trade pacts and vote to cut the safety net.
Given how difficult 2012 will be perhaps pacs lie this will be will help push some Dems to oppose the debt deal cuts and free trade bills.
The American Worker PAC will focus its attention on some two dozen elections in 11 states, mostly those in which Latino voters will figure prominently, according to PAC president Chuck Rocha. The super PAC plans to spend as much as $1 million each in individual races in Florida, Texas, California, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, among other states. It will stress the importance of good-paying jobs, infrastructure investment, and traditional Medicare and Social Security programs.
“Latino voters may be the most important demographic this election cycle,” said Rocha, a former official with the United Steelworkers, but he added that the focus won’t be on immigration issues. “In the Latino community, Latinos don’t walk around every day worrying about immigration policy. They worry is their job safe and what’s going to happen to the economy.”
Rocha said the committee will work with unions and workers’ groups to support only the Democrats they deem pro-labor and pro-worker. The group will not devote resources to any candidate who supports the pending trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, for instance, or to any candidate who supports privatization or overhaul of Social Security.