AFL-CIO Colorado gathers outside the business of US Senate candidate Joe O’Dee

DENVER (KDVR) – A group of unions criticized a Republican candidate for the US Senate less than a week before the last day of voting in the primary. Supporters say it is last-minute politicking.

The whole drama revolves around Michael Bennett’s seat in the US Senate, but the battle is between Republicans – although Democratic groups have helped draw attention to the race. The last one in the saga about the two Republican candidates is played out in front of one of their companies.

Candidates include State Secretary Ron Hanks and Denver businessman Joe O’Dee. You’ve probably seen ads that Democratic groups run for each of them: ads that call Hanks too conservative and claim that O’De is not who he claims to be.

Colorado AFL-CIO opposes O’Dea

The unions held an event outside O’Dea’s business in Denver on Wednesday, saying he was not a champion for his workers.

“Colorado workers need to know the truth about Joe O’Dee’s business history. We are here today to make sure it is enlightened and he is responsible, “said Dennis Doherty, executive director of the AFL-CIO in Colorado.

They were joined by Democratic Senator Julie Gonzalez.

I am here today in solidarity with my Senate County, Colorado, and Colorado unions to make it clear: Joe O’De will not be a voice for working people, and it is insulting. for him to run commercials claiming to be a champion of working people, when in fact his own record shows just the opposite, “Gonzalez said.

The groups have filed an age and discrimination lawsuit filed by a former human resources officer at O’Dea’s concrete company, which has since been settled. Event workers do not work for O’Dea.

“No one here has worked for Concrete Express. “We’re here because we have a candidate who says he’s going to protect the workers in Colorado, and everything we’ve seen makes us believe otherwise,” Doherty said.

Why didn’t the union focus on Hanks’ seniority?

Another US MP appeared for a different purpose. Representative and business owner Colin Larson came out to express his support for O’Dea, although he works in the Capitol with O’Dea’s opponent.

“What you did with Joe is really disgusting, and I want to say that I am incredibly disappointed to see my fellow Senator Gonzalez here. Politics is getting so nasty and visceral. It’s fair to question a candidate and his beliefs in a public forum, but the fact that they came here and harassed his staff then leads to an explosive character who behaves like an irritable child, “Larson said.

FOX31 did not see any employees being harassed, but the inflatable fat cat holding a worker by the neck in one hand and a bag of money in the other was hard to miss.

“It’s certainly eye-catching to see how much money they’re willing to spend to try to pick a rebel who doesn’t do anything like Ron Hanks, but again, I just don’t think it will work,” Larson said.

Ron Hanks, the other Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, represents Fremont at the Colorado Capitol. He claims to have attended a rally in front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, but did not revolt and did not enter the Capitol.

Trade union leaders were asked why they did not mention Hanks’ achievements against the measures supported by the Capitol unions.

“You don’t see Ron Hanks wandering around trying to be something he is not. He has the fact that he is against the union. He has the fact that he is an anti-worker, “Doherty said. “We have a candidate with whom I oppose, and everyone else opposes the above that he will come out and fight for workers. It’s just not like that. “As the largest workers’ advocacy organization in the state, we oppose it,” Doherty said.

Candidates have only six days to go back and forth before voters receive these ballots, but the battles between the candidates are clearly not over.

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