Washington, D.C. – Since the beginning of Alex Lasry’s campaign for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat, he has touted his support for a higher minimum wage. He is the Senior Vice President of the Milwaukee Bucks, the son of the billionaire co-owner of the Bucks and Wall Street’s candidate, yet he is trying to paint himself as a supporter of the working class.
The example his campaign is using to show Lasry’s support for raising wages is the “deal” the Milwaukee Bucks made with labor unions to create union jobs and raise wages for the arena workers. And Lasry’s campaign is portraying him as being a “key figure in handling the negotiations.” The reality is, Lasry and Bucks executives, if anything, blocked the deal every step of the way.
The unions were promised one thing and then had to fight multiple times to get what they were promised. The Bucks had to be pressured repeatedly and the $15/hour deal was only finally granted after the Bucks were pressured and embarrassed at the DNC in Milwaukee by union protestors.
Did we mention that this deal was only initiated as a way for the Bucks to get Wisconsin Democrats to support a huge public subsidy for a new arena? And in this case, the total subsidy is worth at least $800 million.
Statement from NRSC Spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow: “We know Alex Lasry to be a cheater, but now ‘liar’ suits him well too. He claims to support the working class but had to be dragged kicking and screaming to live up to the deal he agreed to with his workers. That doesn’t sound like someone who truly cares about the working class. What else can we expect Lasry to lie about to get ahead?”