A TV ad debuting today touts DeStefano's universal health care plan and jabs at the nation's largest retailer for relying on state-subsidized insurance for hundreds of its Connecticut workers.
"Connecticut taxpayers pay over $5 million a year to provide health care to Wal-Mart workers, because the company won't pay for it themselves," DeStefano says in the 30-second commercial.
But even more interesting is that the DeStefano Campaign is shifting it's focus from job creation to health care.
"I see universal health care as part of any job-creation strategy, just as I see transportation policy and health policy as part of economic growth," DeStefano said. "They're all related."
But DeStefano said that his emphasis has shifted to health care.
"I've heard it from small business. I've heard it from workers and I've heard it from [health care] providers," DeStefano said. "It is across geography and interest groups, and it's creating a greater sense of urgency about the issue in my mind."
I've never been a fan of Wal-Mart but I'm not sure how wise it is to attack them like this. It will of course score points with AFL-CIO. How will those who regularly shop at Wal-Mart view the ads though? When it comes to their consumption habits people tend to get defensive.
There are many points in the article worthy of discussion, including a claim that the ad's coming out a day before the convention in New Haven was coincidental.
Pazniokas, Mark. "DeStefano Slams Wal-Mart." Hartford Courant. 6/26/06