Dem longshot visits Valley

YOUNGSTOWN — Longshot 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand campaigned Thursday in Youngstown, one of six stops in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan to talk job outsourcing and layoffs, and other issues.

The roundtable-style event at Cassese’s MVR on North Walnut Street was the second stop on day No. 1 of her “Trump Broken Promises Tour.” It continues today with three stops in Michigan.

“When President (Donald) Trump was a candidate, he promised working families that he would stop companies from outsourcing jobs, bring jobs back to the U.S. and protect jobs here at home,” said Gillibrand, Democratic U.S. senator from New York, in a press release. “Not only did he fail to deliver on that promise, he gave massive tax breaks to the very same companies he said he’d hold accountable.”

The Republican National Committee said Trump has delivered on his word to Ohioans.

“The economy is roaring, jobs are coming back to Ohio and wages are rising,” said RNC spokeswoman Mandi Merritt in a press release. “On the other hand, Kirsten Gillibrand’s struggling campaign is having a hard time finding enough support to make a debate stage, let alone win the White House.”

Gillibrand is polling at 0.3 percent, tied with former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, according to a poll average done by Real Clear Politics. She’s polling better than Mahoning Valley Congressman Timothy J. Ryan of Howland, who has 0.1 percent, according to the political website.

Not including Ryan, who started his campaign in earnest with a rally in downtown Youngstown on April 6, Gillibrand is the third presidential candidate to come to either Trumbull or Mahoning counties.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stopped in mid-April at Lordstown High School with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to meet with local teachers and the public on the fallout of the closing of the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant.

In mid-March, former U.S. Congressman from Texas, Beto O’Rourke, met one-on-one with Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the Lordstown GM plant. The plant stopped production on March 6.