Texas Democrats Clash Over Labor Stances in U.S. Senate Primary Debate

U.S. Rep. Colin Allred faces criticism from state Sen. Roland Gutierrez during a Texas AFL-CIO debate, highlighting differences in their approach to organized labor.

In a Texas AFL-CIO debate, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, leading the Democratic pack vying for a U.S. Senate seat, faced pointed critiques from state Sen. Roland Gutierrez. The debate, part of the primary race to challenge incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, unfolded with both candidates emphasizing their support for organized labor.

Allred, a former NFL linebacker, highlighted his union membership and credited the AFL-CIO affiliate players association for safeguarding his benefits. He pledged continued support for the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a labor-backed proposal expanding workers’ rights.

Gutierrez, a proud member of the Texas State Employees Union, criticized Allred’s alliances with both AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce, arguing that they don’t align. He accused pro-business entities of prioritizing profits over workers’ interests.

Allred defended his approach, citing a 100% voting record with the AFL-CIO and emphasizing his ability to build broad coalitions. He positioned himself as a leader bridging political divides.

State Rep. Carl Sherman echoed the need to support labor, condemning Republican efforts to undermine unions. While several Democrats are in the primary, the debate featured Allred, Gutierrez, and Sherman for a comprehensive discussion.

As the U.S. Senate primary intensifies, the clash between Allred and Gutierrez underscores differing approaches to organized labor, a crucial aspect of the Democratic race seeking to unseat Ted Cruz.


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