Corker gets UAW Valentine, says workers are 'misguided'
Thousands of union workers delivered Valentine's Day messages to U.S. Senator Bob Corker Thursday.
The massive Valentine came against the backdrop of a rally at the state capitol organized by the local United Auto Workers union.
Senator Corker, a Republican from Chattanooga, drew the ire of auto workers for his very public opposition to the recent federal bailout of the Big Three carmakers.
Many of those in attendance Thursday either work at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill or retired from there.
"[Corker] needs to stop his prejudice against the UAW, hard working men and women of the UAW helped build the middle class, we wont take his prejudice lying down," said Dale Bradford, a 30-year GM worker as he signed a huge Valentine for the senator.
While Senator Corker is a union poster boy for his bailout opposition, the Capitol Hill rally was a way for many workers to vent against corporate America.
"How can they keep sending jobs overseas? Sooner or later it is going to catch up with and obviously it has," said Duane Charleton, another retired Spring Hill GM worker.
In response to the rally, Senator Corker's office issued the following statement:
"Times are tough and we certainly understand the high level of emotions and frustration that many are feeling, but the union's focus on Senator Corker is misguided. I can assure you that any malicious feelings are not mutual and that Sen. Corker, a former union member, construction worker, and self-made businessman, will continue working every day to get credit flowing and our economy back on track."
A sprinkling of Democratic Party lawmakers also attended Thursday's rally.
House leader Mike Turner even danced his way onto the plaza after being checked a day earlier for chest pains.
The Nashville lawmaker said his doctor gave him the okay to be at the rally.