The AFSCME on Monday launched an online ad campaign against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, using public service workers in his own town to attack him.
In three separate videos, public employees who work in La Jolla, California criticize Romney for benefiting from government services while threatening to cut them back. The ads note that Romney once criticized President Barack Obama for wanting to hire “more fireman, more policeman, more teachers” and reference video of Romney describing nearly half of Americans as government-dependent “victims.”
“We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize, you know, the service we provide,” says Richard Hayes, a sanitation worker who has picked up the trash at Romney’s expensive La Jolla home.
“I know that if Mitt Romney’s house was on fire, I know a truck that I’ve worked on would go to his house,” Temo Fuentes says in another ad. Fuentes repairs fire trucks for the San Diego Fire Department.
“I actually did pick up trash on Mitt Romney’s street,” adds Joan Raymond, a City of San Diego sanitation driver, in the third ad. “It is a beautiful neighborhood. The reason he wants to be there, I take it, is because it is so beautiful. It is right on the beach. It is in one of the most pristine neighborhoods. But it is so hypocritical because he is going after our workers and wanting to cut, cut, cut our workers — they are the same workers that are making that La Jolla neighborhood so beautiful and so desirable.”
The AFSCME represents 1.6 million public service workers and has made it clear they will support President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.