Working Families + Tom Dobbins = ACORN Victory

Voters in SC’s House District 8 will notice  something strange on their ballot this year: Democratic nominee Tom Dobbins is listed twice, once as the Democratic nominee, and once as the nominee of the Working Families Party.

This may be the first time you’ve heard of this party, but it won’t be the last. The WFP was founded by “a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions” according to the party website. Wikipedia provides a little more detail:

New York’s Working Families Party was first organized in 1998 by a coalition of labor unions, ACORN and other community organizations, members of the now-inactive national New Party, and a variety of public interest groups such as Citizen Action of New York. (emphasis added)

Uh oh… so ACORN’s in town, and we all know that they don’t come to town just to see the sights. But what is Tom Dobbins doing running on this ticket, if he’s the conservative “old fashioned Democrat” he claims to be?

Well, we asked him that, and here’s what he said:

Fact check #1: “I’m against unions, but I think what they’re doing for families is great.”

Oh, really? What are they doing for families? Check out a few of their platform principles:

  • Full employment, a shorter work week, and a guaranteed minimum income for all adults. A universal  “social wage” to include such basic benefits as health care, child care, vacation time, and lifelong access to education and training. A systematic phase-in of comparable worth and like programs to ensure gender equity.
  • Full public financing of elections, universal voter registration, fair elections and free party competition.
  • A Bill of Rights for America’s Children, guaranteeing true equality of opportunity, providing equal education for all students, and achieving an adequate standard of health care, nutrition, housing, and safety.
  • Hmmm. This comes right out of the Socialist playbook.

    Fact check 2: “The state Working Families Party is different from the national party.”

    In the first place, there isn’t a national party. The Working Families Party was first founded in New York, and there are sister parties  in six other states (including South Carolina. Lucky us!).

    In fact, according to one article,

    The Working Families Party has no county organizations or county committee men or women and no local structure beyond its top leadership and an army of paid canvassers.

    As far as the South Carolina party being “different” from the “national” party, a brief perusal of the South Carolina WFP website will put that lie to rest.

    Fact check #3: “I’ve told them – and I put it on my application – that I won’t support unions.”

    Is that so, Mr. Dobbins? I’m afraid ACORN plays their cards a little better than that. According to Bertha Lewis, founding co-chair of the WFP (recently resigned) and ACORN CEO,

    “Candidates know that when they’re on our line, they’re committed to certain things.”

    Perhaps she’s referring to the legal implications of participating in a party with numerous criminal and unethical practices.


    So, where do we go from here? Regardless of what Mr. Dobbins claims, we know that:

    1. ACORN is a master of underhanded strategy, and there’s a reason SC is one of only seven states that has a Working Families Party.
    2. We know that the WFP is funded by “a mix of public funds, party funds, union funds and candidate payments.”
    3. The WFP’s goal is to pull the Democratic party to the left.

    I can’t draw any conclusions about Tom Dobbins, but either he’s hand-in-glove with their corrupt agenda, completely hoodwinked himself, or he doesn’t know socialism when he sees it.

    Any of these possibilities would make him the perfect puppet for ACORN and their leftist cronies.