Big Labor Joins in Dem Town Hall Pushback

By Gorman Gorman

Aug 6, 2009 11:41am

ABC News' David Chalian Reports:  Democratic allies in the labor community are rallying their troops to reject the ways of the rowdy town hall participants we’ve seen on our television and computer screens for the last week.SEIU, the union home for many health care workers, is urging town hall attendees to “sign a pledge that they are prepared to engage in a civil dialogue so that the American people can better understand how reform, and the absence of such reform, will affect their lives.” The Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, who is expected to take over at the helm of the union next month, blasted the recent town hall disruptions.  “Mob rule is not democracy.  People have a democratic right to express themselves and our elected leaders have a right to hear from their constituents — not organized thugs whose sole purpose is to shut down the conversation and attempt to scare our leaders into inaction,” said Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO.Republicans argue that these town halls are an example of democracy on display.”What Democrats call ‘mob rule’ the average American calls ‘democracy,’” said Ken Spain, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, after the DNC first invoked the term “mob rule” to describe the activity at the town halls.  “Is this the strategy Democrats had in mind when they promised to galvanize public opinion regarding their unpopular massive government-takeover of healthcare?  This hyper-defensive reaction from the Democrat Party speaks volumes about the precarious position their members find themselves in,” added Spain.

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