Last Friday, the Republicans blatantly tried to intimidate one of their own to switch her vote on Right To Work (RTW).
For six years, Rep. Kathie Conway (104th House District) has steadfastly stood up to her party bosses and voted with the working people of her district by voting against Right To Work. Now, with the veto override session only days away there was a full page ad in the Post-Dispatch threatening Conway.
The ad all but called union leaders thugs and assumed Conway’s constituents weren’t intelligent enough to determine what is the real threat to their rights to bargain for a safer work place, wages, fringe benefits, and job security.
All Conway’s supporters need to ask themselves is this: Which situation is best for me? Do I want a work where my employer has dictatorial power over my life, or would I rather work where I know my employer will be held to fair and mutually agreed upon working conditions? Talk about a no brainer.
Conway isn’t the only one being threatened to desert their voters and side with those who are buying off Missouri’s legislature. The ad was placed by Americans For Prosperity which is simply a front for the employee hating, all I care about is me, Koch brothers.
The Koch brothers along with Missouri’s own “I want to be king”, Rex Sinquefield, have purchased power at the top of Missouri’s Republican legislature. Wentzville’s Rep. Bryan Spencer switched his vote from against RTW to supporting it when told by party leaders to fall in line. If he didn’t they threatened to find a primary opponent to run against him and fund that campaign with $200,000. The rumbling we hear coming from the east is Jefferson and Madison turning over in their graves.
The billionaire Koch brothers have promised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the next election and legislation which returns us to the days of the extreme robber barons. The Republican “Boss Hogs” know in order to keep their money trough full, they must break the backs of St. Charles Republican legislators. Along with Conway, Reps Hicks, Sommer, Cornejo, Korman and Zerr voted against the RTW. It’s time to pick up the phone and tell these people to support the average Joe’s, not the self –selected few who have become Republican party dictators. Tell them not to override the veto of HB116 staying true to their original votes.