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Friday, June 08, 2012

 6:45 PM 

Nelson says Dems must stand up for workers

Tom Nelson, the former Assembly majority leader and lt. guv candidate, told Dems his speech would feature a little less red meat and a little more bragging about his home county considering his new role as county exec.

But he still got a dig in on the guv.

Nelson bragged about Outagamie County's attributes and thanked them for coming to Appleton, saying they would pump $53,000 into the local economy -- "and that doesn't include the hospitality suites." He then turned his attention to the guv, saying, "I think he’s already taking credit for the jobs it will create."

Nelson said one public employees and a community that supporters them are one of things that makes Outagamie County so great.

"Outagamie County has figured out something some state leaders have not," Nelson said. "To build strong communities and thriving economies, it's not about us vs. them."

Nelson told the crowd he is proud to be a Dem because of what it stands for and in a time of Citizens United, now more than ever we must stand with the single parent working three jobs to put food on the table and stay ahead of the bills.

"That family is counting on us because we’re the only ones left that are willing to do that," Nelson said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By JR Ross

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