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Disabled son's mom wants GOP to pull 'union bully' ad
SacBee ^ | June 18, 2009 | not identified

Posted on 06/19/2009 10:40:49 AM PDT by radar101

The California Republican Party seemed to hit political paydirt in a YouTube ad that pilloried the Service Employees International Union for "bullying state leaders in the budget process."

The ad featured footage of an angry woman telling lawmakers that union members would work to defeat lawmakers who didn't vote their way.

It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.

Now Brown is calling on Republicans to pull the ad and "apologize for its content."

"I am the mother and care provider for a sweet young man with developmental disabilities who doesn't comprehend the implications of budget cuts on the table in Sacramento," Brown said a letter to the state Republican Party.

Brown, who is an SEIU member but not a union official, said: "Your attempt to label me a 'union bully' would be hilarious if it weren't so dangerous to people that I love.'"

The GOP ran the video to counter a $1 million SEIU advertising blitz featuring a television commercial that urges lawmakers to consider taxes on oil extraction, cigarettes and alcohol to avoid social services cuts.

In the selected clip in the GOP ad, Brown hardly treads easily on lawmakers:

"We helped to get you into office, and we got a good memory," she says angrily at a legislative budget hearing. "And come November, if you don't back our program, we'll help to get you out of office."

Brown said in her letter that she appeared at the hearing "to speak from my heart and in my own words" on behalf of services for the disabled.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: ads; bullying; cagop; calgop; dumbbroad; seiu; unions; unionthuggery; unionthugs
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1 posted on 06/19/2009 10:40:49 AM PDT by radar101
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To: radar101

I heard the ad, it is great, to bad they did not run in March.

Should all of society be burden due to this women and her son?


2 posted on 06/19/2009 10:42:35 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't have to say much.)
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To: radar101

Doesn’t this fit that rat template of using “victims” to make outrageous statements so that you can’t contradict them without being painted as heartless?


3 posted on 06/19/2009 10:42:52 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: radar101

Hey, honey ... if you wuz the “angry woman telling lawmakers that union members would work to defeat lawmakers who didn’t vote their way” then I’d say a tiny revision is needed but the ad still is accurate.


4 posted on 06/19/2009 10:43:13 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: radar101
It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome

What the hell??? The state pays her to be this kid's mother??? No friggin' wonder the state is collapsing.

5 posted on 06/19/2009 10:43:45 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: radar101

“I am the mother and care provider for a sweet young man with developmental disabilities who doesn’t comprehend the implications of budget cuts on the table in Sacramento,” Brown said”

The son did not say anything. She issued a threat from the union to politicians - one has nothing to do with the other.


6 posted on 06/19/2009 10:43:52 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't have to say much.)
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To: radar101

She gets paid to take care of her own son?


7 posted on 06/19/2009 10:48:17 AM PDT by outlawjake
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To: radar101

The state is paying this woman as an employee to take care of her own son...

Isn’t this the sort of thing parents should be willing to do for free?


8 posted on 06/19/2009 10:51:18 AM PDT by gridlock (L'Etat, c'est Barack...)
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To: outlawjake
She gets paid to take care of her own son?

I wonder how much they'd pay me to take care of myself? I can be challenge at times.

9 posted on 06/19/2009 10:51:30 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: radar101

Wow! A real life moocher like right out of Atlas Shrugged.

You can’t make this stuff up. Getting hired by the govt to care for her own son and then using this position to threaten lawmakers. I believe that govt employees should not be allowed to vote any longer. By definition it’s a conflict of interest.


10 posted on 06/19/2009 10:52:41 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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To: outlawjake
"She gets paid to take care of her own son?"

That's the scam. And, as a home health provider, she becomes a member of the union. That's the scam too.

SEIU currently makes about 5M a month from union dues from people involved in the scam.

Let's just say it's a clever way for CA rats to funnel big time bucks to their union friends.

This needs to end, obviously.

11 posted on 06/19/2009 10:52:47 AM PDT by telebob
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To: radar101
Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.

So she works for the state by being a mom?? Um..okay.

12 posted on 06/19/2009 10:54:10 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: radar101

You Will Respect My Absolute Moral Authority!

13 posted on 06/19/2009 10:55:25 AM PDT by gridlock (L'Etat, c'est Barack...)
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To: radar101
It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.

One of our family members had Downs, and other family members cared for her all her life. They weren't paid by the state to be her caregivers. Plus, there are plenty of places where adults with Downs go to work or learn some independence. I do believe people with Downs are entitled to receive social security, though.

So, I wonder if this woman found a way through the system to collect both social security for her son AND be paid as his caregiver.

IMHO, leave the political ad as is.

14 posted on 06/19/2009 10:56:02 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: edcoil

Actually, no one AT ALL should be INVOLUNTARILY burdened by another person’s “need”.

NONE AT ALL.

Now, as to whether you have a personal, God-given duty to help the poor as you can, that’s between you and Him.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (New International Version)
7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


15 posted on 06/19/2009 10:56:24 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: outlawjake
My question too!

It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.

16 posted on 06/19/2009 10:57:04 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: gridlock

The leftists have found that there is power in victimhood.

They play on the consciences of people and use that guilt to abuse and oppress them.

“Guilty”... Ann Coulter


17 posted on 06/19/2009 10:58:00 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Tired of Taxes
One of our family members had Downs, and other family members cared for her all her life.

So did we! This woman is NUTS to think the state 'SHOULD' PAY HER to take care of her own son!!!

18 posted on 06/19/2009 10:59:04 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: radar101
a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.

What????? Does that mean homeschooling parents can be paid to teach their kids?

19 posted on 06/19/2009 11:00:32 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: radar101
Union Bullies
20 posted on 06/19/2009 11:01:10 AM PDT by gridlock (L'Etat, c'est Barack...)
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To: retrokitten
Why is that so surprising, the welfare system had been paying folks to just simply breed for decades. At least from ‘mother’ we maybe getting a couple of hours of semi useful work for our money....
21 posted on 06/19/2009 11:02:20 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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To: radar101
Budget Bully ad
22 posted on 06/19/2009 11:02:30 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Death to totalitarianism)
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To: HIDEK6

The “compassion” of the left. Rmember the reaction to Sarah Palin and her son - now they’re trying to make it look like the Republicans are the mean ones. Well, it will probably work.


23 posted on 06/19/2009 11:02:54 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: MrB

You’re right, we certainly are called upon as individuals to help others. I submit that the government involving itself actually subverts that.


24 posted on 06/19/2009 11:03:17 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
I do believe people with Downs are entitled to receive social security, though.

Without ever having paid anything into the system?

25 posted on 06/19/2009 11:03:43 AM PDT by humblegunner
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Link to the ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G285gAEsZF4


26 posted on 06/19/2009 11:03:44 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: brytlea

Definitely.

When the government steps in to “help”, it doesn’t leave room for the church.

I believe this was intentional.


27 posted on 06/19/2009 11:05:11 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: MrB

I agree.


28 posted on 06/19/2009 11:05:43 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: pgkdan

“It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome”

Did she just admit to scamming the State of California by getting paid to take care of her own son? Does CA allow for this type of conflict of interest?


29 posted on 06/19/2009 11:06:43 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: radar101

“It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.”

Thats all she does? One kid? If she is getting paid, why isn’t she caring for half a dozen kids with Down syndrome? She is a lazy moocher who deserves to lose her job and her child. Give care of the child to someone who will actually work for a living.


30 posted on 06/19/2009 11:07:57 AM PDT by monday
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To: CounterCounterCulture

EVERYONE SHOULD VIEW THIS AD.

KEEP IT ON THE AIR.


31 posted on 06/19/2009 11:08:17 AM PDT by Tweeker
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To: MrB

Agree 100% - now all we have to do is get government from taking everything to take of this so we can privately donate to the causes we can.


32 posted on 06/19/2009 11:09:34 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't have to say much.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Thanks for the link (the one at the original story didn’t work so good).

She participated in a public hearing and her testimony is a part of a public record. It should stand and the GOP is perfectly entitled to use it. I hope the GOP holds their ground (ducking the ashtrays!).


33 posted on 06/19/2009 11:14:54 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: radar101

Mrs. Brown, your son may not know; but you know.


34 posted on 06/19/2009 11:22:38 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: radar101

Every new parasite made is a new vote for democrats.


35 posted on 06/19/2009 11:22:59 AM PDT by MarineBrat (The New York Times is a Communist Kamikaze.)
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To: humblegunner

I think so. Double-checking myself... Here’s a website for Social Security. It looks like the payments fall under “Supplemental Security Income payments” for children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood:

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10026.html

As per the article, this woman was employed as a “home health care worker” caring for her own son. But, he would’ve qualified for SSI payments, too. So... was she collecting SSI and a salary from the state...? The article isn’t clear.


36 posted on 06/19/2009 11:24:07 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: outlawjake
She gets paid to take care of her own son?

I reckon she may wish she kept her mouth shut because I see her maybe being in another GOP ad.

37 posted on 06/19/2009 11:25:13 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: downtownconservative

That’s what it looks like to me and if that’s the case it’s outrageous.


38 posted on 06/19/2009 11:33:53 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: humblegunner

Yes, lots of people collect SS who never paid into it. I’ve been steamed over that for thirty years. I’ve always thought that SS was for retirees, period, not anyone who “needs” money. This is the main reason that SS is broke and not there for people who did contribute to it all their working lives. The gubmint has been raiding it for all sorts of things for many years.


39 posted on 06/19/2009 11:37:02 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
Yes, lots of people collect SS who never paid into it.

In keeping with the subject of the thread... that's just retarded.

40 posted on 06/19/2009 11:38:54 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: radar101

Yep, the parent of a special needs child can collect money from the state for taking care of her kid. It’s the California In home Support Service (IHSS) program. Also, special needs community can collect social security at the age of 18, or probably earlier, depending on the income level of the parent. I imagine this woman probably gets all sorts of services provided by the state. As the parent of a child with DS, I have slowly had my eyes opened as to how much help is out there, some of it which I feel should not be funded by the taxpayers.


41 posted on 06/19/2009 11:40:39 AM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: outlawjake
She gets paid to take care of her own son?

Yeah, sweet deal, huh?

42 posted on 06/19/2009 11:41:43 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: radar101

Hiding behind her disabled child. What a coward.


43 posted on 06/19/2009 11:41:58 AM PDT by Julia H. (Remember when dissent was patriotic?)
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To: radar101

She gets paid to take care of her own son?


44 posted on 06/19/2009 11:42:28 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: brytlea
Does that mean homeschooling parents can be paid to teach their kids?

Probably could if you joined the NEA!

45 posted on 06/19/2009 11:43:21 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: radar101

Her state job is caring for her son? Wow, no wonder California is in trouble. Last time I checked, mothers cared for their children because they loved them, not because they were paid union workers.


46 posted on 06/19/2009 11:44:37 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: humblegunner

Apropos. ;-)


47 posted on 06/19/2009 11:47:37 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: pgkdan

Hmmm.....interesting idea. I have always taught in right to work states, so I don’t know.


48 posted on 06/19/2009 11:53:57 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: radar101
is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome.

The state pays her to care for her own son?

Shove it, lady.

49 posted on 06/19/2009 11:55:10 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: radar101
Here is la petite fleur with her mouth perpetually open at a SEIU United Healthcare Workers (UHW) rally in Fresno on May 31, 2009. She (it?) may not be a union official, but it's clear it (she?) is a union activist & crony. Bottom line?...Shaddup you phony!


50 posted on 06/19/2009 11:57:14 AM PDT by twister881
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