GOP flexes its new populist muscles in the fight for contracts with railroad unions

The debate over the railroad workers’ contract is perhaps the starkest evidence yet that the GOP is trying to shake off its reputation as a mouthpiece for chambers of commerce and turn it into a party of labor populists.

Senator Cruz, one of the unlikely populists in the fight against the rail contract, at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Nov. 19, 2022.

Senator Cruz, one of the unlikely populists fighting the rail contract, at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Nov. 19, 2022. AP/John Locher, file

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