Sherrod Brown Says Democratic Candidates Still Not Connecting With Workers

May 24, 2019

When he decided not to run for president, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urged Democratic candidates to take up the cause he championed: workers. That’s proving to be a more difficult task than expected, though.

According to an article this week in the New York Times, voters from traditionally Democratic areas of Ohio who helped Donald Trump win the White House are still behind the president.

The story specifically mentions working class voters in the Mahoning Valley, where General Motors has laid off some 5,000 people over the past two years. David Petras, the former chair of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, said in the piece that Democrats lost touch with workers who “shower after work and not before work.”

Brown argues the Democratic candidates for president need to talk more about issues facing workers, like wages, benefits, childcare, and retirement security.

“At least 6-7 candidates have adopted my dignity of work theme,” Brown said. “They need to explore it more.” 

He thinks voters see Republicans, including Trump, are not addressing their needs. Brown cites the GOP tax law, the appointment of federal judges, and Trump’s actions after the closure of the Lordstown plant as examples.

“I think his support has declined and will decline further as he continues to betray workers,” Brown says.