Those who closely followed the Democratic party nomination process and convention may remember this man. His name is Marshall Clemons, and he is a school custodian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is also a member of the Executive Board of SEIU 199.
His story was considered compelling enough that then-senator (and now Vice President) Joseph Biden went out to Cedar Rapids to "job shadow" Mr. Clemons as a part of the 2008 "Walk A Day In My Shoes" campaign. Mr. Biden was sufficiently taken with Mr. Clemons such that he invited Clemons to sit in the Biden family box for the DNC Convention in Denver, and even invited Mr. Clemons to walk a day in HIS shoes - that day being Inauguration day.
During the inauguration festivities, Mr. Clemons (evidently nicely tanned and rested and ready for the festivities) got a chance to hob-nob with some of the SEIU brass, including Anna Burger (in the white) and Our Glorious Maximum Leader himself, who is seen here strangely without his trademark scarf.
Unfortunately, this may have been the high-water mark of Marshall Clemons' popularity, but certainly not the high mark of Mr. Clemons' fame, as he has made the news in Iowa once again - but for very different reasons, as can be seen in the Des Moines Register:
Video report of the theft courtesy of WHO-TV, Des Moines:
An Iowa school custodian, a labor union activist who was job shadowed by presidential candidate Joseph Biden during the campaign season two years ago, was arrested today after a lobbyist witnessed an apparent purse theft at the Iowa Capitol.Authorities said Marshall Richard Clemons, 38, of Cedar Rapids, snatched two women’s wallets before he was confronted by a retail lobbyist who witnessed the man reaching into a friend’s bag.
A janitor found one woman’s wallet clogging a toilet in a men’s restroom.
Troopers charged Clemons with two counts of fifth-degree theft, records show.
Not surprisingly, SEIU 199 has very little if anything to say on the arrest of one of its Executive Board members.
Once again: all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Do keep that in mind...