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An Open Letter To Senator Michael Bennet

May 1, 2009

An Open Letter To Senator Michael Bennet

Dear Senator Bennet,

I strongly encourage you to immediately endorse the Employee Free Choice Act. Two weeks ago I attended the town hall meeting held at the IBEW Local 68 offices. Unfortunately, I had to leave for another appointment before your anticipated arrival. I was hoping that by the end of the day there would be news that you had endorsed the EFCA. But upon a careful scan of the Internet, I found no such news, and read a great deal about how you are waffling on this issue.

Senator Bennet, this is unacceptable! The EFCA is not a political issue; it is a small “d” democratic issue that goes to the heart of freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I find it shameful that you use the EFCA as a political tool, and that you are waiting to see who will give you the most money for your upcoming campaign in 2010.

Recently I heard a talk at a Democratic fundraiser by progressive talk show host and author David Sirota. Mr. Sirota challenged us to ask this basic question about any politician, Democrat or Republican: Are you on our side (the American working people) or are you on the side of big business and money. The answer in your case is really neither. You are only on your side, and will do whatever you have to do to be elected (not re-elected, because you were appointed to this position).

Please prove me wrong by immediately endorsing the Employee Free Choice Act. It’s a new era in America, and we are in need of transparent and honest politicians. Step up to the plate and join us, the working people of America.


Thomas A. Blomster


  1. May 4th, 2009 at 13:12 | #1

    Ed, thanks for the compliment, and I couldn’t agree more with your comments on Senators Udall and Bennet. And now that Bennet voted with the Republicans against extending mortgage protections for the wealthy to the working American, we see what Mr. Bennet’s true colors are: Republican, and all out for himself. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him switch parties if it is to his benefit!

    Also, our Colorado governer Bill Ritter is showing his anti-union colors in threatening to not allow our firefighters, who risk their lives for all of us, to organize. What kind of Democrat or democrat is that?

    Please, to all who are reading this blog, write that letter or make that phone call to our representatives and make them take a position and make them vote the right way, the way that supports and honors the working American!

  2. Ed Knox
    May 2nd, 2009 at 10:40 | #2

    Great letter, Tom!! (Sorry I missed you at the Local 68-hosted event.)

    To go a little further, we need also to remind Senator Bennet and Senator Udall that the Colorado Democratic Party unanimously adopted a resolution encouraging the support and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

    And, shouldn’t Senator Bennet be doing his job as a United States Senator rather than being a candidate for the 2010 election? Seems to me that he needs to stop straddling the fence, step up to the plate and become a U.S. SENATOR!

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