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Transit workers wage war against de Blasio in Iowa

The transit workers union thinks Mayor Bill de Blasio is as phony as a $3 bill — and they want Iowa residents to know it.

The Transport Workers Union took out a series of digital, billboard and newspaper ads in the state — where Hizzoner is stumping this week — that show a grotesque caricature of de Blasio as the bogus currency.

The ads — including a full page in the influential Des Moines Register — call the mayor a fake who fails to stand up for working-class families. The TWU has long been peeved at de Blasio because of several issues, including a law that allows bus drivers to be charged criminally if they strike a pedestrian in a crosswalk; a plan to get rid of horse carriages around Central Park; and the city’s refusal to significantly contribute funds to repair the failing subway system.

De Blasio is speaking at a fundraiser for the lefty advocacy group Progress Iowa on Tuesday amid speculation that he’s interested in running for president in 2020. The Iowa caucuses are a crucial launching pad for those seeking national office.

The TWU, however, is having none of it.

“This is an all-granola, no-grit brand of phony progressivism and it will not benefit America’s working families,” said TWU president John Samuelsen. “Mayor de Blasio is very quick to throw his so-called principles in the gutter when it’s politically expedient. He’s a situational progressive, and definitely not an ardent trade union supporter.”

De Blasio will also be faced with a second angry city union Tuesday: The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association plans to protest outside his speech.

The mayor’s office said it was unimpressed by the TWU ad.

“It’s a lame ad and a frivolous waste of hard-working members’ dues. Ignore,” said Austin Finan, a mayoral spokesman.

Source: https://nypost.com/2017/12/19/transit-workers-wage-war-against-de-blasio-in-iowa/

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