by James Devine
Kevin Roberts, a campaign spokesperson for the Republican Gov. Christie, said the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor is, “is wholly unqualified with no experience in government or public service” and that kind of aristocratic nonsense is more than just insulting.
Considering that Chris Christie bought a job as a federal prosecutor in the Republican Bush administration by raising Wall Street money for the 2000 presidential election campaign and he has carved out an advantage in his re-election campaign by making deals with New Jersey’s most notoriously corrupt political bosses, it is hard to imagine what the GOP would consider qualified.
Milly Silva is the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU — a union representing more than 7,000 health care workers — as well as a graduate of Columbia University and the mother of three children.
While Republicans love bashing unions because they defend the rights of people who actually work for a living, it would be hard to find a labor local more representative of the 99 percent than 1199.
The folks she has worked for during the last 20 years are 1199 members, who include long term care workers in nursing homes, certified health care assistants, nurses, therapist aides, maintenance people and housekeepers.
Milly Silva also represents hundreds of home health aides who also provide direct care to elderly and disabled individuals throughout the state. They are paid woefully small wages for enabling ailing senior citizens to get through each day with some dignity.
While Chris Christie is hobnobbing with billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and the Koch brothers, Milly Silva has been trying to make life better for people who live on the minimum wage.
That the Republican recently vetoed a meager increase in the minimum wage suggests he thinks slave like conditions are good enough for honest, hard-working Americans. That might explain his inaction, while New Jersey has the second highest rate of foreclosures in the nation, with 88,000 families losing their homes since 2008.
It is telling that Chris Christie is collecting campaign contributions from his rich pals that in some cases exceed the annual income of individuals who have been Milly Silva’s professional priority for the past 20 years.
Milly Silva’s 1199 constituents are the same working poor people who paid higher taxes when Chris Christie slashed the Earned Income Tax Credit by 25 percent.
The simple truth is that no Bush Republican can honestly be called qualified for government service.
These Republicans believe government is a luxury we can live without because it costs money and imposes justice, equality and other burdens on the richest one-tenth of one percent of America’s population.
They are unqualified for elected office because they do not live in the real world, where people are struggling to make ends meet and in despair because the America Dream is fading as Republicans tilt the scales to favor greedy billionaires.
Milly Silva is an outstanding choice for lieutenant governor who breaks the mold of professional politicians, wealthy aristocrats and unprincipled crooks who populate too many government offices.
The Bush Republicans should avoid a discussion about qualifications and stick to questioning the reason for Superstorm Sandy, since climate science might at least confuse some people, while attacking Milly Silva is clearly out of bounds.
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