It has been reported that two major unions who showed support for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign have had a change in heart, apparently flipping their support to the other side of the political aisle.
These unions are now showing support for Minnesota Republican Congressman Jason Lewis, while he looks to be reelected for a second term.
The Republican Congressman is going up against Democrat candidate Angie Craig, who used to work as a health care executive in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Lewis took down Craig in their first matchup.
Both the Carpenters’ Union and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 have made their support for Lewis public.
“In Jason’s time in Congress he has cast repeated votes in support of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage and has led on the issue of changing school curriculum to encourage more people to look at careers in the construction industry,” stated the Carpenters’ Union’s spokesman Adam Duininck.
“Jason Lewis has made an effort to get to know our union, understand our issues, and has taken politically tough stances in support of good-paying union jobs,” Local 49 business manager Jason George explained in a statement to the Free Beacon.
He went on, “We don’t always agree on every issue, but we know that when it comes to supporting our jobs, he has stood with us, and that is why we are standing with him.”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, released a commentary piece in which Lewis stated that Trump’s 2017 tax cuts are in grave danger if the Democrats take power back.
“Even after seeing 1.8 million new jobs created since tax reform, record low unemployment, and worker pay and benefits rising at the fastest pace in a decade, Democrats are promising to rescind the reform because it allows too many people to keep more of their own money,” he continued.
“Just as in the 1960s, the Democrat Party has been radicalized, and once again voters are facing a ‘rendezvous with destiny’ that will determine the future of Minnesota and the nation,” he explained.
Tax reform isn’t all that will be in danger if the Democrats win, however.
“If you thought the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were good for the country, you’ll love Congress with a Speaker Nancy Pelosi and my congressional opponent in charge (she has taken $30,000-plus from Pelosi). As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, ‘This is what the so-called ‘resistance’ has become,’ and it’s bound to get worse if some of the most dangerous rhetoric encouraging this brand of reckless politics is rewarded with power,” he wrote.
Western Journal writes:
In a recent debate, Lewis said promoting economic growth is at the heart of his actions in Congress.
“We’ve got the greatest economy since 1969, according to the unemployment statistics. We’ve got median after-tax income up 6 percent, wages going up, bonuses going up, utility bills coming down,” he said, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
At that debate, Craig said the current tax cut favored the wealthy over the middle class.
The two candidates also differ on immigration.
Craig said anyone in the country illegally should have a path to citizenship.
Lewis said President Donald Trump’s border wall must be a part of any long-term immigration solution.
“Let’s secure the border and part of that’s got to be a wall,” he said, according to MPR. “Their side said, ‘Nope, we’re not doing that. You just give us what we want. No wall.’”