Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Working Families Party volunteers for Cook

The Working Families Party is touting its door-to-door volunteer efforts for endorsed candidates, including Democrat Michelle Cook, running for the Torrington 65th District House seat currently occupied by Republican Rep. Anne Ruwet.

Cook is a Democrat, but is cross-endorsed, as is District 8 Senate candidate Art House, by the Working Families Party.

"With one week to go before Election Day, the state's fastest growing minor party is poised to have a major impact in some of the most closely watched races in the state," the party said in a press release. "The Working Families Party says it is closing in on an ambitious goal: knocking on 50,000 doors in targeted Congressional and legislative districts. And their efforts are getting notice by major party candidates – many of who are also cross-endorsed on the Working Families line."

"For some candidates, support from the Working Families party is more than just another line on the ballot, it's boots on the ground," the party said. "Michelle Cook is a Democratic challenger hoping to win a State Representative seat in Torrington against long-time incumbent Anne Ruwet. Cook says her district is a working class and middle class district – the kind of place where the Working Families message about protecting good jobs and making healthcare more affordable truly resonates. It's also the kind of district where the extra votes she receives from the Working Families party could change the outcome of the election. Ruwet defeated her last challenger by just sixty-two votes in 2006, and in 2002 she won the seat by literally a single vote. Working Families has sent canvassers to Torrington urge unaffiliated voters to support Democrats like Cook on the Working Families line."

"I truly think the issues that Working Families focuses on are issues that are very important in this district – reducing the tax burden on middle class families, raising the minimum wage, making healthcare more affordable. And they have not just been passive supporters, they've been out there knocking on doors," Cook said.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about some of the other issues working families promotes but fails to mention here such as supporting giving in-state tuition to illegal residents, mandating businesses give sick paid leave to employees no matter the business or how small it is.

They say they are for working families, tell me how many working families who are legal U.S. citizens struggle to pay for their children's education and depend on the break they receive for in-state rates now will open it up to non-citizens. They fail to mention it because they know the real working class in Torrington would not support this and other issues of theres.

October 28, 2008 at 6:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when was 6 years a long-time incumbent? Nancy Johnson was a long-time incumbent, not Anne Ruwet.

All this party is another extension of the Democratic party looking to just add more seats to their majority even if that means taking out a hard working dedicated legislator.

October 28, 2008 at 6:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I truly think the issues that Working Families focuses on are issues that are very important in this district – reducing the tax burden on middle class families....making healthcare more affordable...."

Why on Earth would you vote for a Democrat, then? The Working Families Party is nothing but an ultra-liberal wing of the Democrat party.

October 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM 

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