Ohio McDonald’s Franchisee Suggests GOP Vote
Matt | On 02, Nov 2010
The irony is dripping from this story. Pardon me while I go get my mop.
In Canton, Ohio – in the reliably Democratic area northeastern part of the state – one McDonald’s franchisee is in some hot water. He recently put an insert in his employees’ paychecks that urged them to vote for John Kasich for Ohio Governor, Rob Portman for U.S. Senate, and Jim Renacci for the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 16th district. All three candidates are members of the GOP.
The paycheck insert read as follows according to Forbes:
“If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels,” the insert said. “If others are elected we will not.”
In all fairness, neither three candidates nor McDonald’s claim they had anything to do with the mailer. This was the idea of Paul Siegfried, the franchisee of the Canton location in question. He went as far as placing the McDonald’s logo on the insert and included one of Renacci’s campaign materials.
This one act has put McDonald’s in some hot water with the state of Ohio. Secretary of State Jennifer Bruner is investigating what Ohio election laws may have been violated with the mailer, including voter intimidation. One of the employees has sought an attorney who is also investigating what state and federal laws may have been broken regarding how corporations can participate in elections.
Siegfried has apologized for the mailer and any harm he may have caused.
Here’s my issue and it’s pretty simple. Republicans are known for NOT increasing the federal minimum wage for those earning at that level. There was a 10-year gap from 1997-2007 with no federal (or Ohio) minimum wage increases. This covers much of the Bush presidency and the former Republican-led Congresses.
For the higher-earning employees, how are tax cuts for the rich going to POSITIVELY affect them? Since when have we heard the GOP lift up second shift assistant managers in “economic praise?” Umm never!
I have never seen a fry cook, busboy, or hell, even a general manager mentioned in conjunction with the GOP. No shade to anyone working those jobs. I hate to say it, but the GOP ain’t for any of those income earners!
So why then, again, would this franchisee ask his employees to vote for these candidates?!! I’m glad they got a lawyer. Siegfried is stupid as hell!