Election 2012

Gregg greets BP construction crews

2012-06-27T19:00:00Z 2012-06-28T00:18:08Z Gregg greets BP construction crewsBy Lauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

WHITING | Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg greeted workers at the BP Whiting Refinery expansion project early Wednesday, saying he supports the job creation at the site.

"These are the projects that keep America going," Gregg said just after 6 a.m. "This whole election is about jobs."

Gregg told the workers coming and going at shift change at Gate 42 that he fought against Republican-led right-to-work legislation and thanked them for his recent endorsement by the AFL-CIO.

Gregg said he thinks BP's $3.8 billion expansion project is "exciting" and will "make ourselves more energy efficient, self-sufficient, while providing for job security."

Craig Brooks, of Hobart, a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, said he marched against right-to-work at the Statehouse and appreciates Gregg's efforts.

"We've really been frustrated with what has been happening downstate with this right-to-work thing," Brooks said.

Gregg's staff said he planned to make other local stops Wednesday, including an address to NIPSCO employees in Merrillville.

Gregg is facing Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham in the November election.

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