A proud member of Democratic Socialists of America and Washington state congressional candidate, Rebecca Parson, is calling for a $30 an hour minimum wage because $15 an hour just isn’t enough for the working class and is an “antiquated demand.”
The substitute teacher and gay activist is running for a seat in Washington’s 6th District which has been a Democrat stronghold for 55 years.
Derek Kilmer, the Democratic incumbent in the district whom Parson considers too conservative, was easily re-elected in 2016 with over 63 percent of the vote, according to Current Affairs.
Parson shared the comment recently in a post on Twitter:
“$15 minimum wage is an antiquated demand. It should be $30 per hour,” she tweeted.
$15 minimum wage is an antiquated demand. It should be $30 per hour.
— Rebecca Parson for Congress, WA-06 (@RebeccaforWA) April 21, 2022
She added in another post:
“1 adult supporting 1 kid needs $30 an hour across the country. Rural, urban, suburban: $30 is the floor. As you say your nightly prayers to Saint Elon while you fall asleep tonight, reflect on why you punch down on poor people instead of up at your heavenly billionaire.”
Nobody should be poor in the richest country on Earth.
— Rebecca Parson for Congress, WA-06 (@RebeccaforWA) April 22, 2022
Daily Wire reported:
In her campaign video, Parson said, “I and other organizers have occupied empty buildings, demanding housing for our homeless neighbors. I risked arrest because we can’t just wait for the corporate establishment to help.”
Parson also claimed in her video that she will emulate “Congresswoman Cori Bush,” a “Squad” member and progressive Democrat who slept outside in Washington, D.C., to advocate for housing. Parson claims she can identify with the need, as she’s “been homeless, too,” despite holding a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins.
The Washington socialist Democrat also ran for the House in 2020, receiving approximately 35,000 votes, according to her video. She claims she is the “first woman and first gay person” to run for her seat.
Among the issues, she addresses in her video are “housing for all, Medicare for all, food for all, and no more poverty.”
She lost her bid in Washington’s nonpartisan primary election for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2020. Parson only won 13.5 percent of the vote that time around, which is approximately 35,631 votes.
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) won the primary election with 47.3 percent of the vote, which was approximately 125,019 votes. He would later win the general election.
In an interview with Fox News, Parson stated that a $30 minimum wage was necessary because a $15 minimum wage “is no longer commensurate with real-world conditions.”
Parson told the outlet in a statement:
“I’m calling for a federal minimum wage of $30, because that’s the floor across the country for one working adult to be able to support one child. From rural to urban to suburban areas in the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii, the federal minimum wage isn’t enough to support a family, and neither is $15 an hour. The Fight for $15 campaign started 10 years ago and the demand is no longer commensurate with real-world conditions.”