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RPOF: Davis inconsistent on minimum wage



The Republican Party of Florida on Monday criticized U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, a Tampa Democrat running for governor, for voting against a measure to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over three years.


“This is typical for Jim Davis: Tell folks on the campaign trail that you support Florida’s workers, but when you finally show up to vote, you vote ‘no’ on a bill raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour," RPOF chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan said. "It’s obvious that Davis would rather campaign on the backs of workers than work to accomplish anything on their behalf. When push comes to shove, Jim Davis obviously prefers to be shoved into compliance with party leaders over pushing his own message—even if it means a flip-flop of fundamental proportions."

Davis was hardly alone in voting against the package. Democrats decried it as an election-year gimmick. While the package included raising the minimum wage, it was tied to a plan to cut estate taxes, which affect only the wealthiest of Americans. Davis voted against it for that reason, a spokeswoman said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:09pm]


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