To some it seemed an odd choice when Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and a civil rights icon, recently decided to champion Wal-Mart and lead a company-backed group designed to counter bad publicity and the massive retailer’s image as bully and oppressor.
On Thursday, the situation got a little more strange. At an Atlanta press conference, Young unveiled the regional steering committee for Working Families for Wal-Mart, and it included yet another somewhat odd choice: Sam Zamarripa. The Democratic state senator, while pro-business, tends to more often speak out for the little guy — the sort of guy who believes Wal-Mart underpays and under-insures workers and crushes community businesses.
At the event, attended by a handful of journalists, Zamarripa said he was interested in participating in the debate about Wal-Mart and joined the pro-company group merely to gain “a seat at the table.”
“I have high expectations of both [sides],” he said.