Friday, February 9, 2007

Good Bill, Bad Bill -- Gov. Ritter, that is

What a difference a couple of days can make -- especially when it comes to heated political rhetoric. When Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (right) vetoed a bill Friday that would have made it easier to establish all-union workplaces in the state, it generated this appreciative response from Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business: "We applaud the governor for his courageous act in vetoing House Bill 1072. This could not have been easy for him, given the sizable support he received from organized labor during his campaign. Quite frankly, we are as stunned as we are elated. Small businesses will not always expect to be on the receiving end of such good news, but the message the Governor sent today tells us is that he is very sincere in his invitation to hear all sides and fairly weigh the arguments.”

Gagliardi added: “There is indeed a new sheriff in town, and he is serious about what he says. The Colorado political world has taken note.” Of course, Gagliardi wasn't quite so gracious on Monday, when he sent out a statement that skewered Sheriff, er, Gov. Ritter in advance of an expected bill signing: "I'm not holding out much hope he’ll do the right thing on this,” Gagliardi said. “Let’s face it ― unions want payback for all the support they gave him during his election. I’m expecting his executive scrawl over this nasty mess of legislation.”

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