Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown: "Last Night Ohio Made History"
"I don't remember in my lifetime seeing anything quite like" last night's vote in Ohio against SB5, the anti-union bill that would have banned collective bargaining in the state, said Senator Sherrod Brown in a conference call Wednesday morning.
Brown, the senior senator from Ohio, is a well-known supporter of union rights, but in the call he linked the vote in Ohio to the vote in Maine for same-day voter registration and the vote in Mississippi against fetal personhood. "If they're going to mess with Americans' fundamental rights and values, they're going to get a huge pushback," he said.
He noted that an economic recovery without public sector jobs is not a recovery at all, and said, "Just as the middle class didn't happen on its own, it doesn't unravel on its own either."
The special interests, including the Koch brothers, that have flooded the state with cash, will probably take notice of the huge margin of the pro-union vote in Ohio, he said.
Brown, who is up for reelection in 2012, pointed out the connection to Occupy Wall Street's momentum as well, saying:
"I think issue 2 is not unrelated to Occupy Wall Street, whether you like how they're doing it exactly or what they look like, you like what they're saying. This class warfare that the elite in this country has waged against the middle class, people that don't recognize it are going to get political whiplash."
Asked what this vote means for the next election, both his own and the presidential vote, Brown said, "What it means for 2012 is that the public wants to know, 'Whose side are you on?'"