The mayors of Pennsylvania’s five largest cities, including Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, have expressed concerns about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record as an “outsourcing pioneer in business and government” — according to the Obama for America campaign — in a recent open letter.
The letter is also signed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; Ed Pawlowski, the mayor of Allentown; and Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer. All are Democrats.
Nutter and Pawlowski took part in a conference call with reporters
today about the letter and the mayors’ concerns.
From the Obama campaign:
In their letter, the five mayors write that Mitt Romney’s proposal to eliminate taxes on companies’ foreign profits ‘would encourage more companies to send jobs overseas and severely undermine the growth and progress we’ve seen since we started adding jobs under President Obama.’
Together, these mayors represent more than two million Pennsylvanians in areas that are seeing progress thanks to President Obama. While the President has proposed ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, they write, Romney’s policies ‘would eliminate American jobs and weaken middle-class security.’