Mr. Kweisi Mfume, my favorite in the upcoming Democratic Senatorial Primary in Maryland, has no problem going into conservative territory with a very liberal message. Mr. Mfume has no problem going into conservative, working class areas, because he himself is a member of the working class.
Kweisi Mfume stepped onto the shop floor of the English American Tailoring Co. yesterday and looked at the women cutting pieces of fabric, working sewing machines and pressing new suits.
"I used to work in a place like this," he observed, and described his three years at an auto parts plant in West Baltimore. Having made the connection, he started to work the room.
Was Mr. Mfume offering a cure for cancer? No. He was offering real solutions and experience to help the working class in Maryland and around the the country. People were responding:
In Frederick, Mfume stopped at Hartz & Co. Inc., a sewing shop of more than 200 workers that is slated for closure in October. He emerged from a private meeting with workers to tell reporters that some unspecified help might be on the way. He was trailing several employees ready to pledge their support for his candidacy.
"To be honest, I hadn't heard of him," said Diane Jacobs, a machine operator at the plant for more than 34 years. "He seems like a hardworking person. He came from a background kind of like mine. He had to work to get ahead."
Sure, Mr. Cardin has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, but what does his voting record show? It shows what Mr. Mfume says it does, Mr. Cardin is an administrator, not a fighter.
As a member of Congress, Mfume voted against NAFTA. Cardin, his principal rival for the Democratic nomination, supported the agreement. Mfume described his former colleague as a "good person, a decent individual, who is an administrator. And I like to think of myself as an advocate. I want to stand up and fight for things."
Not only does this Sun article show Mr. Mfume's realistic take on the current labor situation in his state, but it also highlights his amazing campaigning skills and his dedication to his future constituents. Mr. Mfume needs your support: