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Pro-Union Video Profiles Romney’s Neighborhood Workers

Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes is a sanitation worker in California. The job isn't the most glamorous in the world, yet Hayes treats it with a pride that resembles the American spirit. The 33-year-old public servant spends most of his time in La Jolla, California, one of the super-wealthy routes in the state which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney also calls home. The fact that one of Romney's homes is on Hayes' route gave him an interesting vantage point from which to critique the Republican presidential candidate's now-infamous comments about the "47 percent" of Americans who in Romney's words, refuse to take personal responsibility for themselves, pay no income taxes, and will vote for President Obama "no matter what," due to their dependence on government.

In the video, which is sponsored by AFSCME, Hayes is featured speaking on Romney from the vantage point he has as a sanitation worker in his neighborhood. The third-generation worker is one of three people who work in Romney's California neighborhood, yet it his comments upon the former Massachusetts governor that will resonate the loudest with blue collar workers. "We're kind of like the invisible people," Hayes says in the 60-second video. "He doesn't realize that the service we provide: if it wasn't for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash. Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, you know that takes a toll on your body. When I'm 55, 60 years old, I know my body's gonna be broken down. Mitt Romney doesn't care about that."

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