Interview with the DPO's Marc Siegel

Local party activist Moses Ross has another podcast up and we're happy to share it with you here.

In this edition, he interviews Marc Siegel - the communications director for the Democratic Party of Oregon. Among the topics: the legislative session, Gordon Smith, and looking ahead to 2008.

Click the PLAY arrow to listen now. (FYI, the interview was recorded about two weeks ago.)


  • Anon (unverified)

    sorry to go off-topic, but I just called Gordon Smith's office to see why he voted against the Employee Free Choice Act.

    I was told that he feels the EFCA would create a situation where workers could be peer-pressured into joining a union, because they have to fill out a card and that might not be done in private.

    I was told that the current system allows a secret ballot and under the new bill, because you fill out a card to indicate that you want to join a union, it "might not be private".

    Who is an expert on the EFCA? Who can respond as to whether or not this is a bona fide reason to vote against?

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    Yes, it's off-topic, but since you asked (and excuse me for a sec, Kari, Marc and Moses):

    The American Rights at Work web site has a wealth of well informed research to answer your questions.

    The message you mentioned above is also spread by the so-called "Coalition for a Democratic Workplace," an astroturf organization that includes the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Retail Federation.

    In other words, it's the union-busters' message. They are all in a tizzy because union workers make 30% more than their non-union counterparts, are far more likely to have luxuries like health care and pensions, etc. So the opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act resents paying middle-class wages and benefits.

    Research shows that workers who use the Majority Sign-Up process report feeling much less pressure from employers (where most of the pressure comes from in organizing campaigns) and that fewer than one in 20 workers felt pressured by the presence of a union organizer when using Majority Sign-Up.

    But we're off-topic, so check out ARAW to learn about the national right-wing PR campaign to destroy unions.

  • anon (unverified)

    That you Sargent. Great info.

    LoadedOrygun also has a great post up about today's vote, which includes a response from Steve Novick.

    Head on over:


  • LT (unverified)

    "On issues like standing up for the people who awake each day and trudge off to work to put food on their families(!), there's just no comparison between Gordo and Steve Novick."

    is a quote from LO.

    But honestly, what do either Gordon or Steve know about working in retail or construction or something else where one must deal with work conditions other than sitting in an air conditioned office? How many such people has either Gordon or Steve spoken with about their concerns--or is there a list somewhere of "issues important to working people", written by a political consultant or someone else who works in politics?

    I currently work in retail, and took a young friend from work to hear Novick speak. My friend's reaction was along the lines of "he's OK..." --not exactly a ringing endorsement. But then, Novick's target audience was obviously people who have been involved in Democratic politics for years, not someone new to politics. Call it heresy, but perhaps that sort of effort is what Novick needs as much as money--feedback on his speaking engagements. I thought he did better in the Q & A than in the speech.

    And it is early---why should we all give to Steve now before we see if anyone else is running and how he does in primary debates if that happens?

    I just had an email exchange with a Republican friend about the "Jim Gilbert and naysayers" topic, in which my friend said Gilbert may be right.

    Now I will turn that idea the other way around: Why is the Democratic Party of Oregon (rather than individual candidates of whatever persuasion who strike a chord with individual voters) the party which understands everyday people, incl. people who live downstate, people who work in retail, people who wonder how Wayne Scott, Kevin Cameron, Sal Esquivel, or Jackie Winters got re-elected?

    "Not Republicans " is not a sufficient answer to why DPO should be supported now that the fastest growing party is no party at all. Those who admire Sen. Gordly and Sen. Frank Morse are up for grabs politically and are not likely to support any party unless it works on appealing to people like them.

    There are those who believe that a rating on the poll question: "Cares about people like me, understands my problems"

    can determine elections.

    There seems to be a growing divide between the people who spend much of their life on politics and those who don't. And the latter group decides more elections than the former, just by sheer numbers.

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    Steve Novick comes from a union family and announced his bid at the Longshoremen's hall (hardly air-condition office workers). He has and does talk to actual working people who are not office bound. Please stop conflating Novick with Smith in your rhetoric that both are not in touch with non-office workers.

    BTW, they don't have AC in retail outlets? News to me.

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    <h2>Another difference: Novick grew up in Cottage Grove, in a working-class family. Smith grew up in Washington DC, where his father was a top official in the Eisenhower Administration.</h2>
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