Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Dan Wolf bragged that he helped shut down a McDonald’s by organizing workers using ACORN-style tactics, according to video footage obtained by The Daily Caller.
Wolf described his “strategy” of shutting down a Cambridge McDonald’s while speaking to a small group at Tatnuck Bookstore in Westboro, Massachusetts Tuesday night. Wolf, a state senator from Cape Cod, is running for governor in the 2014 election.
“After I got out of college I moved to Boston for a while, worked on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester and Roxbury working for a group called ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,” Wolf said as several audience members began clapping.
“We should clap. You know, we can not continually push back [inaudible] the other side on issues where we really have been doing the right thing and doing it for the right reasons and then put to shame, which ACORN was I think for pretty wrong reasons,” Wolf said, referring to ACORN’s disbandment after it was revealed that ACORN employees were willing to help a faux-pimp with his business activities.
“And then I did some union organizing. We were trying to set up a union called the United Labor Union, which was an offshoot of ACORN aimed at organizing minimum-wage and low-wage workers in everything from some of the factories in Alston we organized, and also, we actually organized the McDonald’s in Central Square, which then shut down. Which was kind of an interesting strategy,” Wolf said.
Wolf recently announced the launch of a statewide tour to promote his gubernatorial campaign, despite a ruling by the State Ethics Commission that he must divest himself of his minority stake in the Cape Air airline, which does business with the Massachusetts Port Authority.
Wolf’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.