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Jul 31, 2014

Congressman Southerland is Defending the Koch Brothers After They Laid Off Florida Workers

10 Days, 10 Reasons Congressman Southerland is Out of Touch With North Florida: Defending the Koch Brothers After they Laid Off Florida Workers

Congressman Steve Southerland has repeatedly proven that his Washington Way is out touch with North Florida’s values. So for 10 days, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is highlighting the top 10 reasons why Congressman Southerland’s dysfunctional politics represent everything North Floridians hate about Congress.

Today’s reason: Congressman Steve Southerland is actually defending the Koch Brothers for creating jobs  – after they closed plants in Florida and laid off workers.

“Congressman Steve Southerland has repeatedly proven that his Washington Way is totally out of touch with North Florida’s values,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “From complaining that his $174,000 taxpayer-funded salary isn’t enough to defending his out-of-state billionaire backers after they laid off Florida workers, Congressman Southerland’s dysfunctional politics represent everything North Floridians hate about Congress.”

And in case you missed them, here are the 10th and 9th reasons Congressman Southerland’s Washington Way is out of touch with North Florida.

BACKGROUND:

Southerland Defended Koch Brothers. "There’s money flying into that (Graham) campaign from all over the country, from people that have never even been to Florida," Southerland said. "At least the Koch brothers have plants and are creating jobs in Florida." [WMBB, 7/30/14]

Koch Subsidiary Responsible for at Least 573 Layoffs in Florida. Between 2006 and 2011, Koch subsidiary Georgia Pacific was responsible for 573 layoffs in Florida. [Florida Warn Notices, 2006-2011]

Koch Subsidiary Closed Brunswick, Florida Plant. According to the Florida Times-Union, “The economy claimed another casualty Tuesday. Georgia-Pacific   is "closing indefinitely" its Brunswick gypsum plant, idling its 20 remaining employees, company officials said. "We're winding down production and by the end of the year all operations will cease at the plant," said Randal Morris, company spokesman.” [Florida Times-Union, 12/9/09]

Southerland Accepted $5,200 from David Koch. In 2014, Southerland accepted $5,200 from David Koch. [Southerland Q2 FEC Report, 8/12/14]