|Doug Spade (with Lucky)|
I am also expecting another candidate that I know and like to announce soon for the same seat.
I met Dale Zorn (R-Ida) a few years ago in
As important as the quality of being “nice” is, we don’t elect people to represent us just because they are “nice”.
The problem with Dale Zorn is that he wants to be a nice guy but he votes wrong. He occasionally makes a tough vote in the interests of the People, but usually votes along Party lines against us; he only votes for us when he is pressured to do so.
I don’t want to be represented by someone who only does the right thing when they are pressured to do so.
I recently met Dale Zorn in
Dale Zorn is a Republican; his Party platform states that “the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.” So, I wanted to know why he wanted to restrict a local unit of government’s power to require employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid leave when they were sick or injured.
Dale Zorn told me that if small business owners like him had to give people time off because they were sick or injured, paid or unpaid, it would put them out of business. He put his own business interests and the business interests of his most enthusiastic political supporters ahead of the People he was elected to represent.
I called my friend
and asked him what he thought of this bill. Ironically, he supported the
Republican platform position that local units of government could and should be
trusted to do the right thing for the people they represent; a position that
Republicans like Dale Zorn don’t seem to support.
When sick employees stay home, they don’t pass on their sickness to others; when injured employees are given time off to heal they return to work later saving the business the cost of training new employees and keeping the experiences of that employee in the business.
Small business owners understand this, even if some of them won’t admit it. I asked Dale Zorn if he or one of his family members where sick or injured would they take time off? Would they continue to draw pay while they where sick or injured so that they could pay their bills? Of course they would! But Dale Zorn didn’t answer the question, he gave me a funny look that I took to mean, “I don’t understand.”
Dale Zorn is genuinely friendly and wants to be a nice guy but he doesn’t understand that genuinely nice people don’t have to be pressured to do the right thing, they know that what is good for themselves as small business owners is also good for their employees, and know that local units of government can be trusted to do the right thing and that the interests of the People come ahead of personal business interests or the business interests of a few people who are your best supporters.
Tomorrow you will find me at Loranger Square in downtown Monroe from noon until 12:30 PM where I am hoping to hear