Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Joe Robach's T-shirts made in Haiti and Mexico

File this under stuff you just couldn't make up if you tried. Joe Robach, the chair of the senate Labor committee and who is being backed by the Laborers International Union of North America, has campaign shirts that were made in Haiti and printed in Mexico.

I swear to god.

Also, "Missing In Action" Robach can also be called "Hecho En Haiti" Robach. I was sent an image of a Joe Robach for State Senate t-shirt (pictured at left) that had this tag on it (see right). Ordinarily, this would not be a big deal. By all accounts, it is a regular white t-shirt that Robach used and probably got it printed for cheap at one of the local printers.

If you go to Barack Obama's online store, you will notice a seal on the right-hand side of the page that reads, "Union/USA Made." You will also notice on the shirts that there is a union seal like this one. On Robach's shirt, there isn't one.

The problem with that is Robach's recent campaign finance filing shows that a number of different unions have invested in him. Laborers International Union of North America (Liuna) gave $1,000 to Robach, according to his disclosure report. I.U.O.E. Local 832 gave $3,000 to Robach. Robach has received tens of thousands of dollars from other unions that have a vested interest in keeping their jobs here in the United States. But Robach just showed them with a simple gesture that he doesn't care about their concerns.

And one more thing: Robach is the chairman of the New York State Senate Labor Committee. This is the man who heads up the Labor Committee and he is going around with campaign t-shirts made in Haiti and imported to Mexico.

Just another reason why voters in the 56th Senate District shouldn't vote for Joe "Missing In Action" Robach.



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Anonymous said...

So if Joe had his campaign shirts printed by a local screen printing shop within his district, that charged him less than a union run shop would, this creates a problem?

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