D.C. Democrats praise Rep. Carson’s job fairAugust 12th, 2014 at 4:12 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
Democrats on Capitol Hill are pointing to a job fair put on by Congressman André Carson as an example of how they hope to rebuild the middle class. His job fair is now part of the sales pitch for the jobs plan pursued by Democrats in Congress.
It’s also winning praise from LaToya Mason. She teaches high school equivalency at River Valley Resources on the west side. The idea is to prepare young people for the job market and last week she sent 11 of her clients to the job fair conducted by Rep. Carson.
“Of the 11, 4 of them have already received call backs,” said Mason. “There have been no call backs before and I’ve sent more to different job fairs.”
At the job fair hundreds showed up to apply for jobs offered by 78 companies.
It exceeded Representative Carson’s goals. As a resuslt he was selected to be one of four Democrats on a national conference call on Tuesday.
“We had employers looking for candidates with educational backgrounds, with some schooling, no schooling,” said Carson on the conference call.
LaToya Mason says high school graduates were given no advantage over her clients. “They felt like they had a fair shot,” she said, “because they were given a fair shot.”
For the Democrats this is all about their Make it in America Jobs plan, a plan that has so far been blocked by the Republicans. The idea is to convince voters that Congressman Carson and others are working to create jobs during the summer break.
Yet Carson needs no new legislation to continue his efforts. This was his 5th job fair since being first elected in 2008.