Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says that Democrats aren’t divided over the scuttled deal to bring an Amazon headquarters to New York, even though several high-profile Democrats have bitterly complained about the opposition that led the company to pull out.
On Sunday morning;s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Dana Bash told Brown “There’s a really big divide in your party over Amazon. They backed out of plans to build a second headquarters in New York City. Amazon had promised 25,000 new jobs. You spend so much of your time talking about the dignity of work.”
“Did progressives in New York who lobbied against Amazon make a mistake?” she asked.
“No, I don’t think this is a big division in the party,” Brown said. “I think there’s local communities that resent giving huge tax breaks to billionaires, as those of us in Congress fight against giving big tax breaks to billionaires.”
Brown tried to make a broader point about Democratic positions on corporate tax breaks writ large, and suggested policies to increase fairness.
But on the Amazon deal specifically, there have been significant Democratic complaints about the Amazon pull out. For example, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) blasted the opposition, asking “Now we are protesting jobs?”
And Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference to complain about the deal. Before the deal was scrapped, it was very popular with New York residents, and while opinion was more evenly over the incentives offered to Amazon, a plurality supported them.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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