WOMAN FIRED FROM HER JOB FOR SUPPORTING KERRY GETS HIRED BY KERRY - Mitch Perry

09/21/04

An Alabama woman who was fired for supporting John Kerry, is now working for the Democratic candidate for President.

41 year old Lynne Rene Gobell worked at a company called Enviromate in Moulton, Alabama, which produces cellulose insulation, where she worked as a bagger on a production line. That is, until a few weeks ago...

Ms. Gobell explains (roll tape#1 o.q.�couldn’t tell me who to vote for�) At that juncture, Gobell then went into her office to confront her employer, Philip Geddes. She asked him : Am I fired? He didn’t immediately respond. She then left that office and asked her Plant Manager - (roll tape#2 o.q.�and I left the building�)

When asked if she ever consider suing for wrongful termination, Lynne Rene Gobell said that never entered the equation (roll tape#3 o.q.� for anything�)

But all has not been lost for Gobell. Upon learning of the firing, the John Kerry campaign has now hired her to work for them in nearby Decatur, in Lawrence County,Alabama, which Gobell says is mostly Democrat

Gobell says her husband was infuriated when he learned she had lost her job, simply because of her political support for the Democratic candidate. But she says he’s thrilled now that she’s a paid staffer for the Kerry Campaign. But she says she never actually got into an argument with her boss about politics. (roll tape#4 o.q. “and he just went ballistic�)

Lynne Rene Gobell spoke to WMNF this morning from Jacksonville, where she was accompanying John Kerry on his first full fledged campaign appearance in the Sunshine State in a couple of months.

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