A handsome out-of-work carpenter is the star of one advertisement Walmart has been distributing locally. In it, he hopes for the City Council to resist the urgings of "special interests" (revealed in another ad to be the grocery workers' union and city-based food retailers) because, as it reads, "I need a job;" the buildings workers unions have backed Walmart's expansion into New York City.
Bio: Nancy Scola is a political writer based in New York City. For three years, she was the associate editor and lead writer at techPresident, a daily online publication that covers the intersection of politics and technology. She is a contributor to the The American Prospect's TAPPED blog and has previously written for The Atlantic, New York, Salon and more. Her website is nancyscola.com.