Senator Luther Strange of Alabama has promised to “Kill Unfair Trade Deals” but that’s not likely considering he played a major role in outsourcing of American jobs overseas for the company Russell Brands, LLC, maker of athletic apparel, who moved its “final assembly of garments abroad, to Mexico, Honduras and elsewhere in the Caribbean basin.”
Breitbart News by John Carney and Matthew Boyle
…At its height, Russell employed at least 7,000 people in Alabama.
Strange enters the Russell story as a lobbyist for the powerful political broker and law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Russell paid the firm $660,000 for Strange’s lobbying efforts between 2000 and 2006. One of Russell’s major political focuses at the time: getting the U.S. to sign onto a NAFTA-style free trade agreement with Central American countries.
Details of Strange’s lobbying efforts are hard to come by.
Whatever it was Strange did on behalf of Russell’s free-trade politics, it was effective. The U.S. Senate approved the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as DR-CAFTA, in 2005. The very next year, Russell announced that it would move thousands of jobs out of Alabama to Mexico and Honduras[…]
Alabama is sooo lucky to have a candidate like “Big” Luther Strange. Smart, tough on crime, borders & trade, loves Vets & Military. Tuesday!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Strange is a trade hawk which will guarantee the further loss of American jobs. President Trump who is holding a rally for Strange on Friday, I believe, is playing this time around for the wrong team.
Breitbart News is reporting that Strange has refused to grant them an interview. What is he trying to hide?
Cross-posted on Grumpy Opinions.