Media — Celebrating what might be his best ghostwriting effort to date, Sestak for Senate staffer Jason Turner Wednesday put the finishing touches on a 750-word op-ed about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
The achievement came just hours after Turned deposited his biweekly paycheck of $448.50.
“Without a living wage, the American dream remains out of reach for too many working people. Pennsylvania deserves a leader who will be accountable to the middle class,” Turner read aloud from the first draft of the Admiral Congressman’s forthcoming essay.
Turner took particular pride in his use of a recent analysis from the Department of Labor.
“How can we expect anyone to live on $7.25 per hour,” wrote Turner, whose effective rate is $1.78. “Every single study shows that indexing wages to inflation boosts productivity and actually improves economic growth.”
The DOL analysis listed the poverty level for a single person at $11,770, $70 more than Turner’s annualized salary.
He said he hoped to see the piece published on Sestak’s website or perhaps even DailyKos.
“Campaign life can be hard and any 1am deadline is difficult, but the mandatory 18 hour days are worth it at times like this,” Turner said.
Turner, who recently graduated with a double major in philosophy and classic literature from Haverford, said Sestak’s next op-ed will address the student loan crisis.
At press time, Turner was reviewing 16 pages of notes and revisions from Sestak.