Union ad casts GOP leaders as ‘protectors of billionaires’
The state’s largest healthcare workers’ union took some jabs Thursday at the top Republicans in the legislature, charging them in a new ad with shielding the rich while unionized workers offer huge concessions.
Crafted as a mock film trailer titled “Connecticut: The Movie,” the 30-second spot by SEIU 1199 New England aired on television and online, also challenged state officials in general to raise taxes on the wealthy to complement the givebacks unions ratified this week.
Depiction of “the wealthy and powerful” in the union ad.
“In a state where some legislators side with corporate lobbyists to protect billionaires and corporations while attacking middle-class workers,” House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, and Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven are “the protectors of billionaires,” a narrator states as ominous music plays.
The GOP leaders have argued throughout the legislative session against tax hikes. But when it comes to proposing tax increases on wealthy households and major corporations, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and many of his fellow Democrats in the House and Senate have joined Republicans in opposition.