Brown stumps locally

OHIO SEN. Sherrod Brown (D) arrived at a re-election and “get out the vote” rally in southern Jefferson County on Sunday morning to a rousing welcome, powered by the energy his supporters clearly were glad to be investing in the start of an 11th hour grassroots push to get any and all voters in Ohio to the polls on Tuesday.

Brown’s supporters who gathered Sunday were drawn from across many of the nation’s labor unions, including those representing steelworkers, coal miners, letter carriers, sheet metal workers and others.

Union representatives from many of the organizations there were official representatives of their segment of the nation’s labor force and are themselves current regional or national leaders of those organizations. They traveled here to work in direct support of efforts to blanket grassroots efforts to reach every possible voter encouraging their participation in the upcoming election.

Brown’s supporters have been making a concerted effort at the grassroots level in recent weeks to literally work on getting individual voters out to cast their respective ballot at Tuesday’s election, with this being an election when every vote is being viewed as the one that could potentially make all the difference in the outcome of the election from local neighborhoods to those who represent us at a national level.

The rally was a focal point for voters with strong ties to any of an array of labor unions, including Richard Trumka, a man whose personal ties to the region are as well known as his powerful commitment to the men and women in the nation’s labor unions he guides as president of the AFL-CIO.

Trumka, a third-generation coal miner, served as president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1982 to 1995, and still considers trips here to be opportunities to “come home”. Also taking part in the rally Sunday was former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Hitting the heart of a key issue for many of those at the rally was a statement made by Trumka, addressing the hot button topic of the coal industry.

“If there’s a war on coal, Mitt Romney started it and we’re going to finish it by reelecting Sherrod Brown and Barrack Obama.”