Friday, September 18, 2009

ACORN Controversy Impacts Virginia's AG Race

I know a lot of people who have worked for ACORN and used their time with the organization to stand up for working class families. This is something that we need more of in our country as the debate surrounding health care can serve as a prime example of how big business and the Republican Party can use millions upon millions of dollars to distract from programs that would do things like ensure everyone has access to affordable health care. At the same time, there has been some troubling information coming out about certain employees that work at ACORN which have also turned into a PR disaster and have taken away from some of the good that the organization actually does.

Like many large organizations, ACORN had a few employees who weren't exactly the best folks in the world and were engaged in tactics that shouldn't have been used. These employees don't represent the organization as a whole and, in most cases (if not all), were removed from their posts. Nonetheless, the Republicans have used this as an opportunity to remove all federal funding from the group despite the fact that the funds were actually being used in legitimate purposes to serve the American people. Of course, you also now get candidates like Ken Cuccinelli who will do anything to tie their opponents to ACORN.

Cuccinelli released an ad the attacks Steve Shannon because he has received some support from SEIU, which represents service employees such as janitors, health care workers, and security personnel. Most people would think it's a good thing for Steve to have the support of these workers, but Cuccinelli thinks it's bad because ACORN has a relationship with SEIU. He therefore makes the outrageous claim that this therefore means ACORN absolutely must have a relationship with the Shannon campaign. Setting aside the fact that ACORN as a whole shouldn't be cast as evil like Cuccinelli would like it be, this link is simply an attempt to distract from the fact that Steve Shannon is truly the candidate who would look out for the best interests of the working class.

Hopefully Virginia's voters are able to look past the spooky and (as Lowell put it) the game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and realize that we simply cannot afford to have Ken Cuccinelli as our next Attorney General. Instead, we need to elected a leader who has a history of standing up for working families -- Steve Shannon.

1 comment:

  1. When I saw this I was just like "Wow" the first ad that Cooch puts out in this race is this?? Of all things Cooch is going after Steve on this? I haven't heard a single mention of the SEIU and ACORN in any of the news media thus far but maybe I have missed it. So far I think that Steve has had a substantially better PR game since Mike Henry has taken over and if voters are to go to the websites of the respective candidates they'll see clear as day which candidate is putting out policies to keep Virginia safe and which candidate is simply pushing the rhetoric of his party's extremists!