by Clyde Weiss | July 19, 2012
AFSCME members in Ohio joined allies in a “Red Carpet” protest Wednesday outside a Toledo fundraiser for GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Organized by the progressive group Fight for a Fair Economy – Ohio, the protest at the Toledo Club drew activists from AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) /AFSCME Local 4.
Cindy Wieble, a head custodian at Washington Local Schools in Toledo and president of OAPSE Local 279, was among those who came out to demonstrate against Romney’s vision of America.
“I want to make my voice heard,” she said. “I’m against Romney because he’s all for making the rich richer. He’s not into bringing the jobs back – he’s OK with jobs being sent to China and Mexico. I just don’t think he’s for the middle class.”
Wieble added that Romney’s support for Issue 2 – the union-busting Ohio ballot initiative that voters soundly rejected last November, is another reason why she came out to protest. So is Romney’s vow to repeal Obamacare if he’s elected president. “We worked very hard to get Obamacare so everyone has a chance to get health insurance,” Wieble says.
Randy Desposito, a staff nurse at the University of Toledo Medical Center and president of Local 2415 (Council 8), also came out to protest Romney’s fundraising event. “I basically wanted to send a message to Mr. Romney that I don’t feel he’s right for our country. His plan to cut Social Security and Medicare is not right.”