Leading progressives within the Democratic Party, including Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison called for President Obama to get more involved in the fight over public worker rights playing out in Wisconsin and other states across the country:
Obama has publicly sided with state and local government employees against laws meant to crush their right to collectively bargain. But his political shop has run hot and cold on the question of involving him more publicly in the protests.
The co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus yesterday both called on him to speak out more loudly — or even join the protesters in Wisconsin.
“I think the statements the president made supporting collective bargaining and organized labor are important,” Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) told reporters on a Wednesday conference call organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “I think that there is more to do.
Barring one statement made to Today’s TMJ4 here in Milwaukee, President Obama and his administration have done their very best to avoid coming out in direct, full-throated support of Wisconsin’s public employees – and their labor brothers and sisters, but hopefully he’ll come around (literally and figuratively).