Doug Stern’s remarks at 2012 Democratic National Convention:
I am an Ohio firefighter and an unlikely choice to be addressing you tonight, because for the vast majority of my voting life I have been a Republican. So why am I here?
Well, something happened recently. The Republican Party left people like me. As a member of the middle class, they left me; and they certainly left me as a public employee. Somewhere along the way, being a public employee—someone who works for my community—made me a scapegoat for the GOP. Thank goodness we have leaders like President Obama and Vice President Biden who still believe that public service is an honorable calling. When I go to work, when there is an emergency, I want someone on my crew who has my back, someone who helps me get the job done, someone who is willing to go through hell with me. I expect the same out of my elected leaders.
Any city, county, local, state, federal public sector employees, government employees, or public servants who support the GOP and/or Romney in November need to remember one thing: the Republican Party hates you — including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. You, personally, are the new public enemy. You are the symbol of bloat and socialism. You are their favorite example of waste and sloth. They hate you.
A vote for any Republican, and especially for Romney, is an admission you suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. All we can do is wish you a speedy recovery.