Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Kudos to John Kerry

DETROIT — Democrat John Kerry has a new campaign worker helping him drum up support in Alabama after hiring a woman who was fired for displaying the presidential candidate's bumper sticker on her car.

Kerry called Lynne Gobbell on Tuesday after reading a newspaper story describing how she had been fired last Thursday from her job packing cellulose insulation at a Moulton, Ala., plant.

Gobbell said her former employer had told her she could either work for him or Kerry. She said Kerry told her, "Let him know that as of today, you're working for John Kerry."

"He was proud of me for standing up for what I believe in," the newly employed, 41-year-old said of her quick phone call with the candidate.

Gobbell said Kerry didn't offer too many details about her new position. She will be helping the campaign and may be traveling a little as it gets closer to the election.

I know he did this for political gain but hey, when you do something good, I'll give you credit.

I want to say this, if you fire an employee because they share a differing political belief than you, you are an ass. This woman wasn't going around trying to get people to vote for Kerry, she had a bumper sicker. Unless what she was doing was affecting her job performance, he shouldn't have fired her.

When it comes to the point where things like this happen, it's time to step back and take a look at ourselves. Is this really what we want? I don't think so. Let's use some common sense here folks.