For outsiders in the burbs . . . Campaign material using only union shops isn't a big deal.
But here in Democratic Party dominated Midtown Kansas City . . . Union bona fides are an essential part of putting together a professional campaign effort for all local candidates.
Accordingly . . .
Here's the word and a complaint that merits attention for those who haven't seen it already . . .
Citizens for Gerling Facebook Statement:
I was deeply disappointed to see that one of my opponents decided to get cheap and send mail using non-union sources. I'm the only person in the race who was ever a dues paying union member, I walked the picket line with UAW in freezing rain when they were on strike, I have donated necessities to striking working families out of my own pocket. During my time as Executive Director of the local Democratic Party, every candidate I recruited and worked with was pro-labor.
I'll never turn my back on working families and won't let their rights to collectively bargain get stripped away. I drive a union made car, used union specialists when I have had work done on my house and used union printers on all of my campaign material.
Don't support people who won't support unions.
We noticed that 1st District contender Manny Abarca also signed on to this statement by noting:
"Agreed! We either stand with working families or we don't!"
UPDATE: Here is the response from Justice Horn and more context . . .
As far as we can tell . . . The design is good and this is more of a mail firm dispute.
And so . . .
This is an interesting dichotomy and an inconvenient argument . . .
A sign of LGBT pride, progress & hope confronts criticism by way of union allegiance and advocacy for working families.
You decide . . .