3rd District Republican Congressional candidate Gunner DeLay was a supporter of pro-union legislation during his State Senate service earlier this decade, but the Republican hopeful now says that support was a mistake.
Michael Tilley with our content partner, The City Wire, interviews DeLay and recounts the controversial part of his legislative record. Pro-business GOP challengers are likely to make an issue of DeLay’s previous union support in the 2010 primary.
Today, DeLay says he regrets his pro-union efforts and touts his opposition to card check legislation, a major campaign issue splitting labor and business interests.
“Although my heart was in the right place, my head was not. In retrospect, I deeply regret the position I took because it greatly upset the business community, and I could have helped the people I wanted to in other ways such as targeted tax relief,” said DeLay.
He says that, if elected, he’ll oppose the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for unions to form.
“This legislation would allow union bosses to know how each worker votes when deciding to unionize. Not only is this concept un-American, it will kill jobs,” he added. “As 3rd District Congressman, I will fiercely oppose card check legislation and will work for reduced taxes and regulation on all businesses, both large and small.”
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