Tony Pecinovsky, a Communist Party USA representative who is serving as the Communications Workers of America Secretary and Treasurer in St. Louis, spoke to students at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
In the video, he speaks about how the Communist Party looks to support candidates saying (5:30 mark in the video):
“By and large, the candidates, that we work with and help to elect come from the working class are or have been union members and share many of our values. Don alluded to the party platform or party program and there’s a list of things that are part of that.”
“In my opinion… I think in the opinion of the Communist Party, politics is all about nuance. Just like there’s different trends and tenedencies within the labor movement, the Democratic Party is very much the same. It’s not one hegemonic whole. There’s different perspectives and points of views within a spectrum, right? And so we tend to focus on and help those candidates who as Dawn said, share our values.”
Mr. Pecinovsky has supported Democratic Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan and Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill in the past.
This is not the first time CPUSA has addressed the University of Missouri. In 2008, CPUSA’s Vice Chairman spoke to students about the election of Barack Obama:
“He’s only the beginning,” Tyner said. “I think he’s a transitional president. I think somebody else is going to come in and take it even further.”