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Hoeffel Says Specter's Key Partner - Rick Santorum - Should Stop Blaming US Airways Employees for Company's Bankruptcy

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Location: Philadelphia, PA


Hoeffel says Specter's Key Partner - Rick Santorum - Should Stop Blaming US Airways Employees for Company's Bankruptcy

PHILADELPHIA, PA - After Sen. Rick Santorum's tireless campaigning on behalf of Sen. Arlen Specter during the 2004 Republican primary, Specter has said he'd support Santorum for "anything, including President." [Roll Call, 5/11/04]. But Specter's going to have a hard time explaining that enthusiastic endorsement to Pennsylvania voters after Santorum's outrageous comments yesterday, blaming US Airways employees for the company's latest crisis.

Please find below a statement from Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Hoeffel responding to comments from Senator Santorum yesterday:

"Why is it that Senator Specter's key partner thinks it's okay for CEOs to get golden parachutes, while the working men and women who built the company are left to sacrifice their incomes, their jobs, their health care benefits, or their pensions?

"Why is it - in Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter's world - that taxpayers who invested hundreds of millions in loans and 9/11 assistance for US Airways also get left holding the bag for the company's unfunded pension guarantees?

"Senators Specter and Santorum can hold all of the meetings they want, but so long as they continue to back the failed Bush-Cheney economic agenda, Pennsylvanians are going to continue to feel the pain. We have to change course and build a thriving economy that will allow our airlines to not only survive, but prosper.

"But it does no one any good to point fingers and blame employees for US Airways' failing condition."

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