Edwards Sides with Striking Workers; Owner with Hillary

At a workers strike at a cement plant in Iowa, Edwards was talking to the workers.

Meanwhile, the Owner (Mark R. Jensen) being picketed put up a Hillary sign.

http://www.ktiv.com/News/index.php?ID=15 691

But, the scene turned tumultuous when union workers say they scuffled with the company's president.

During John Edwards campaign stop, Standard Ready Mix owner, Mark Jensen walked out with camera in hand. He also brought out a "Hillary for President" sign.

John Edwards, "Cute, that's cute."

Later after Edwards left, Teamsters started getting in their cars to leave from the "John's Cafe" parking lot. The lot is owned by Mark Jensen. That's where the trouble started.

Andrew Garlinghouse, Union Member, "I went to move my car because I heard he was down there hassling people. I went to move it and he said that'll be 20-dollars to get your car out of my lot. I told him I'm not paying you 20-dollars, I'm going to get my car out of here... and he pushed me."

It's a fee Jensen admitted charging.

Reporter to Mark Jensen, "How much are you charging?" Jensen, "I don't know." Reporter, "We heard 20-dollars, is that what you're charging?" Jensen, "That'll work."
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Andrew Garlinghouse, the man who says Jensen assaulted him, says he plans on talking to the county attorney tomorrow about pressing charges.

Jensen says Garlinghouse walked into his hand.

Sounds like a good Hillary supporter huh?

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http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.d ll/article?AID=20070806/NEWS09/70806033 4-1/caucus

Edwards appeared before about 200 people at an International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 554 rally for union members and supporters. The Sioux City local has been on strike since Oct. 16, and health care is a key issue in negotiations.

Edwards commended union members for "showing strength and courage in standing up for what's right."

If it had not been for organized labor, he said, his parents, brother and brother's family would not have health care.

Mark Jensen, owner of Standard Ready Mix, where the labor strike has been under way, placed a large "Hillary for President" sign in front of a cement truck near the Edwards rally.

"I believe in the freedom of speech, and if I choose to support Hillary Clinton, I have that right," Jensen said. "She's probably the best candidate in the Democratic Party at this time."

Tags: Edwards, Hillary, lobbying (all tags)

Comments

33 Comments

more drama

More drama from Edwards' corner. When can this guy grow up? Sigh...

by areyouready 2007-08-06 05:46AM | 0 recs
sounds like the HIllary supporter

is the one who needs to grow up

by TarHeel 2007-08-06 05:48AM | 0 recs
Sounds like

some people don't know what it is like to walk a picket line, and some people don't know how important it is to those people who have been on strike for several months for a presidential candidate to come and join them.

Grow up sounds like what their boss would be saying!  The workers are just suppose to accept their offer and get back to work.  Like some child being sent to their room.

Oh yea, I'll take Edwards on my side anytime, I am on a picket line.

by dk2 2007-08-06 06:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Sounds like

"Grow up, shut up, and do your job like I tell you to."

That does sound like a boss speaking to a worker in some places.

If you're response to the obvious distinctions between Hillary Clinton and John Edwards is "grow up/shut up," I think we all know that after Labor Day, this race is going to tighten and look different than where it's been for the past 6 months.

by Peter from WI 2007-08-06 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: more drama

Edwards should grow up? For what, supporting striking workers? Do you think he was out there to create an anti-Hillary incident? As a union member, I can say we appreciate any candidate or politician who bothers to at least show up to walk the walk, something Edwards does a lot.

It seems like its the company owner who needs some maturity lessons. He didn't do his favored candidate by waving around a Hillary sign at striking Teamsters who were never on the best terms with the Clintons' in the first place.  

by alexmhogan 2007-08-06 07:33AM | 0 recs
Clinton

should be called upon to walk the line with those brother and sister Teamsters, and support these guys if she doesn't want to be seen as an enemy of labor.

Mark Penn, now this?

Which side is she on?

by ManfromMiddletown 2007-08-06 07:43AM | 0 recs
Re: I work for a Union in DC and she has always

You keep saying this, yet when asked you won't even reveal what sector your union is let alone provide any substantiation of what you're saying.

by ManfromMiddletown 2007-08-06 12:28PM | 0 recs
The Lobbyists Union

of the Inside the Beltway Association

by TarHeel 2007-08-06 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: The Lobbyists Union

I love how people come in, make up shit and we are suppose to believe them.

by bruh21 2007-08-06 04:05PM | 0 recs
Re: you dont lose gracefully do you.

tell you what- when you get out of high school, let me know and then we can have a conversation otherwise like your buddies i am going to start zero rating clearly trollish comments such as this.

by bruh21 2007-08-06 06:02PM | 0 recs
It's All One Big Union Anyhow

by Shaun Appleby 2007-08-06 06:34PM | 0 recs
Re: I work for a Union in DC and she has always

uncalled for. dem dem and i are no drinking buddies (actually i think that would be a good time) but don't accuse someone of lying about thier union cred. Its petty. We all have to take each other at our word on this series of tubes, if he says he's a union guy then I'm glad to have him on our side.

by leewesley 2007-08-06 06:40PM | 0 recs
The Video Is Great

Man, I could watch that over and over again.  For once I think Hillary's stubborn righteousness really got her into a really tight spot but she wouldn't let it go.  She could have finessed that question so easily but she refused to do it.  

And I can't help but notice that Edwards and Obama actually make a great tag team.  Food for thought there?  Edwards is really growing on me.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-08-06 06:01AM | 0 recs
I think they have to join up

I don't see anyway around it with Hillary's mainstream media friends giving her nothing but positive free press.

look at the yearly kos...

 somehow the MSM made her the "winner" even in losing so badly on lobbying

by TarHeel 2007-08-06 06:05AM | 0 recs
Re: I think they have to join up

She lost on lobbying because you, who aren't voting for her anyways, disagree with her?

by world dictator 2007-08-06 06:11AM | 0 recs
No ...

I can't imagine most americans feel as though they have a lobbyist representing them in DC..

And yes you can argue there are lobbyists for "good causes" but their pockets are very shallow compared to big business, PHRMA, Lockheed martin etc...

by TarHeel 2007-08-06 06:16AM | 0 recs
by world dictator 2007-08-06 06:30AM | 0 recs
She lost on lobbying because

she said it didn't matter. With one answer she gutted the heart of the rationale for ethics reform and campaign finance reform.

She blew it bigtime.

by okamichan13 2007-08-06 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: I think they have to join up

I think they are both on a winner.  I'll bet Wolfson coughed up his skull when he saw this.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-08-06 06:22AM | 0 recs
Re: yeah

sigh. sucks this is true.

by leewesley 2007-08-06 06:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Sides with Striking Workers; Owner wit

Nice hit piece. Yeah, you Hedgewards supporters need to keep hitting Hillary because the American people sure as hell ain't buying you.

by DoIT 2007-08-06 07:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Sides with Striking Workers

So you're admitting that you and other Americans are dumbed down by the corporate media?

by annefrank 2007-08-06 08:33AM | 0 recs
This tells us everything we need to know


The public interest is represented by John Edwards.
The Corporate interest (at the expense of the public) is represented by Hillay Clinton.


Now, who are you going to vote for?

by DerekLarsson 2007-08-06 07:52AM | 0 recs
Re: This tells us everything we need to know

The corporate interest. Since this is a dishonest question, you will get a similar answer.

by rakk12 2007-08-06 08:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Sides with Striking Workers

Good for Edwards. But Clinton can not be blamed for a crazy supporter.

by bruh21 2007-08-06 08:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Sides with Striking Workers

It seems many Hillaries here are like Bushies - name calling, etc to substitute for substance.

by annefrank 2007-08-06 08:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Sides with Striking Workers

In fairness to them- the diarist should not have provoked them with the title. Its kind of irrelevant who the owner supports. It is relevant to know what Edwards is doing. There are many substantive ways to attack Clinton on labor such as Walmart, etc, but this seems like a guilt by support kind of argument, and no candidate should be blamed for who decides to support them.

by bruh21 2007-08-06 08:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Sides with Striking Workers

yeah i completely agree. good for edwards but just because the owner supports hillary doesnt mean shes a strike breaker. if every candidate was held responsible for the actions of every crazyass supporter i don't think anyone would make it through th primary.

by leewesley 2007-08-06 09:59AM | 0 recs
it's the symbolism

the plant owner who seems to be a total jerk and erected a 50 foot Hillary sign on one side of the fence and the working stiffs on the other..

pretty nice symbolism

by TarHeel 2007-08-06 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: it's the symbolism

maybe but still not clinton's fault. like is said - a lot of fair game stuff, this isn't part of it.

by bruh21 2007-08-06 10:32AM | 0 recs
Re: it's the symbolism

yeah, im psyched for the press, its a good image. But that dude who put up the sign isnt running for president.

by leewesley 2007-08-06 10:51AM | 0 recs
for non-early state voters

I'm in Nevada and will be supporting Obama no matter what but i've talked to a few people in later states who say they will support Obama or Edwards, depending on who looks most likely to beat Hillary  put it this way for the dem nomination Obama is a 10 Edwards a 9 Hillary a 4 in my book, I hope others in the netroots who like both Obama and Edwards thinks about doing the same. I think as of now it looks like Obama is the one who can save the party from Hillary but you never know.

by nevadadem 2007-08-06 09:53AM | 0 recs
Tucker cArlson

a total twit.. was  saying how he loved HIllary's answer that lobbyists are good and was defending lobbyists??

what the ..

by TarHeel 2007-08-07 04:45AM | 0 recs

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