5-8-14 – Rep. Tony Klein on Union Votes

by John McClaughry

Last week Rep. Tony Klein, Democrat of East Montpelier, made a startlingly candid admission in a House Democratic Caucus. At issue was the so-called Sodexo bill to mandate paid sick leave on small businesses ardently desired by the Vermont Labor Council.

Some Democrats were unwilling to support the bill. As Vermont Digger reported, Klein told the caucus that they were expected to support any labor endorsed bill.  Other Democrats chastised newer representatives who voted their consciences instead of the party line.

Klein told his colleagues “not every bill that we put out there is perfect,” But when it comes out, that’s the labor bill, that’s the issue that is on the floor. And when we don’t support it, we’re turning our backs on the very people who I think the Democratic Party has always represented and the very people who have sent most of us here.”

Well thank you, Tony Klein, for publicly explaining that your Democratic Party is the bought and paid for pawn of the labor movement.

Klein and his Democratic colleagues need to reacquaint themselves with the oath every Vermont legislator has taken for 227 years. It reads in part, “you will conduct yourself as a faithful, honest representative and guardian of the people, according to the best of your judgment and ability.”

It does not read” I will faithfully do whatever the Vermont Labor Council tells me to do, since they are procuring my election.”

John McClaughry is the founder and current vice-president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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Gary Richardson May 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

If I was still a conservative Republican State Representative when this bill was on the House floor for “consideration”, I would supported it with my vote. Why? Because this Democrat measure would hasten the destruction of Vermont’s economy under Democratic/Progressive control. And when the purpose of this sort of legislation is seen for what it is, we could spend the next two year period repealing the actions that might save us – if we’re still here.


jim bulmer May 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Just one more bit of evidence that the Dems in Montpelier know what side of the bread has butter on it. As for the hard working, tax paying Vermonter? They could care less.


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