Statement from MEA President on Scott recall victory

“Voters will hold lawmakers accountable for assaults on the middle class”

EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9, 2011 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to yesterday’s historic victory in the effort to recall Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc):

“While it was a close, hard-fought race, voters have clearly spoken – they’re fed up with Republican politicians in Lansing attacking public education and the middle class. 

“Voters didn’t send Paul Scott to Lansing to pave the way for a power grab by corporate special interests – cutting schools, taxing pensions and providing tax handouts to businesses with no promise of creating jobs.  Last night’s results prove that voters will hold lawmakers accountable for assaults on the middle class.

“This is more than just a victory for voters in the 51st District who feel Paul Scott hasn’t been representing their interests – it’s a victory for every Michigan voter who feels misled by Republicans and their agenda this year in Lansing.

“Voter anger and a turning of the tide is not just happening here. In Ohio, voters overturned Gov. John Kasich’s anti-union bill, Senate Bill 5.  Voters there – and here – are tired of Republican politicians spending more time vilifying unions than creating jobs and preserving our middle class.

“Our sincere hope is that Republican politicians see this for what it is – a statement from voters that Lansing is on the wrong path. We stand ready, as always, to work with leaders from both parties to ensure strong public schools are there for our children and our economy.

 “But, if they choose not to change course, we stand ready – along with the rest of the 99% -- to elect new leaders in 2012 who will stand up for kids and the middle class, not of corporate CEOs and the elite 1%.”

Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5566