Pro-worker Republicans will be “on the rise” in 2012, says Fagan
PORTAGE, INDIANA – Of the 14 Republicans who opposed “right to work” in the Indiana State Senate and House of Representatives, not a single one faces opposition in a primary this May.
Lunch Pail Republicans chairman David Fagan issued the following statement in response:
The fact that “right to work” opponents are not being challenged by other Republicans says a great deal.
First, the majority of people in Indiana were not in favor of this anti-worker legislation. Second, and just as importantly, Republicans outside of Brian Bosma and David Long’s sphere of influence recognize that “right to work” goes against the Republican philosophy.
The Lunch Pail Republicans initially recruited eight candidates to run against incumbents who abandoned middle class workers and small businesses, and now we are building the offensive against these incumbents by supporting like-minded challengers in other districts.
Our numbers are on the rise, and so too will be the number of pro-worker/pro-business Republicans in Indianapolis next year.
Indiana was the first state to repeal its “right to work” law in 1965, and it will be the first state to repeal it twice when traditional Republicans take the power back in Indianapolis.
David Fagan is Chairman of the Lunch Pail Republicans, Financial Secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, and president of the 14,000-member IUOE Indiana State Branch. A lifelong Republican, Fagan was appointed by Governor Daniels to the Indiana Port Commission in 2007. He was also appointed to the Law Enforcement Training Board by five Governors from both parties. He was twice elected to the Portage City Council and spent many years as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.