Report from Jenny Kenny in Florida
During the morning hours, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans on Florida’s West Coast spoke with Rep. Mack’s staff at an in-district lobby meeting. Immediately following this meeting a sign waving event was held in front of the Representatives office. Thirty strong FLARA and Community allies waved signed to the honks of passer by cars. Three local television stations interviewed the protestors and posted favorable coverage of the event. All attendees vowed to return to Rep. Mack’s office on a continuous basis until he agrees to vote for his constituency.
Also this morning, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans President Tony Fransetta and members joined over 100 Labor and Community activist at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach to protest Florida Gov. Rick Scott attendance. Scott is one of the least favorite Governors in the United States with an approval rating below thirty percent. Scott’s attendance at this particular venue was viewed by local activist as a double slap in the face because the Kravis Center is currently breaking labor law and is involved in an ongoing Labor dispute with IATSE. In addition to this Scott ran for Gov. on a “jobs” platform and to date, local residents have not seen an end to unemployment as the poverty rate continues to increase.
Later in the day, President Fransetta and Leo Solar went inside a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. West in West Palm Beach. Both Fransetta and Solar had front row seats and so were in a position to inform other attendees about Rep. West notoriously wrong votes for his constituents.