RELEASE: In New Slotkin Ad, Fourth-Generation Auto Worker Criticizes Barrett for Voting To Kill Michigan Auto Jobs

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August 30, 2022


Contact: Sean Casey, [email protected]

In New Slotkin Ad, Fourth-Generation Auto Worker Criticizes Barrett for Voting To Kill Michigan Auto Jobs

The auto worker, Jeff, describes the importance of good-paying jobs with dignity

LANSING, Mich.— Today, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin began airing her fourth ad of the cycle, “Jeff,” to highlight the importance of keeping good-paying jobs with dignity in mid-Michigan.

The spot, which began airing on broadcast and cable outlets in the 7th congressional district today, features Jeff, a fourth-generation UAW Michigan auto worker. Like the generations of Michiganders before him, Jeff describes how much his career in the auto industry allows raise his family in Michigan—and expresses frustration with Tom Barrett for voting to block 5,000 new auto jobs. 

“It’s hard work, but it’s good work, and it helps people like me stay in Michigan to support our families,” explains Jeff. “Five thousand jobs supported by the new GM deal are on the way—but Tom Barrett voted five times to block it.”

Jeff closes by saying, “He voted against five thousand jobs. Jobs for people like me.”

As the ad notes, Barrett’s five votes against the bipartisan GM deal were votes against $7 billion in investment and 5,000 jobsincluding nearly 2,000 jobs at the new GM battery plant in Delta Township, part of his own district. He was one of only two senators, both Republican, to oppose the deal.

Barrett’s anti-job stance diverges sharply from Slotkin’s record in Congress. Slotkin has fought to defend and expand Michigan’s middle class and believes the next generation of auto jobs and manufacturing plants should be in Michigan, not out of state or overseas. She’s made securing American supply chains and rebuilding domestic manufacturing a top priority during her time in Congress

To that end, Slotkin co-chaired the Defense Supply Chains Taskforce with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) to look at, among other things, semiconductor chips, and she pushed Democratic leadership to pass the CHIPS Act. Her focus on domestic manufacturing stems from her district’s struggles with shortages and supply chain problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Jeff” is Rep. Slotkin’s fourth ad of the cycle. Her first ad, “Work With Us,” highlights her national security background and her belief that our country is strongest when the American people work together. Her second ad, “Easier,” spotlights her bipartisan efforts to reduce the price of prescription drugs, including the successful passage of Slotkin’s Real-Time Benefits Act, which was signed into law under President Trump. Her third ad, “Five Times,“ describes the consequences of Barrett’s five votes against the GM deal.


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