You probably know him as the star of the hit Discovery Channel series “Dirty Jobs,” a show which chronicled a day in the life of the “hardworking men and women, who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.”
Recently, however, he has sparked some buzz in the political sphere because of a letter he wrote to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the need for a renewed appreciation in America for hard work and skilled labor.
In particular, Rowe’s letter was about the need to mend the systemic emotional disconnect many Americans have with jobs that society considers to be undesirable, and well, dirty.
Below is an excerpt of the letter but I encourage you to read the entire thing, which can be found here.
Certainly, we need more jobs, and you were clear about that in Tampa. But the Skills Gap proves that we need something else too. We need people who see opportunity where opportunity exists. We need enthusiasm for careers that have been overlooked and underappreciated by society at large. We need to have a really big national conversation about what we value in the workforce, and if I can be of help to you in that regard, I am at your service – assuming of course, you find yourself in a new address early next year.
To be clear, mikeroweWORKS has no political agenda. I am not an apologist for Organized Labor or for Management. mikeroweWORKS is concerned only with encouraging a larger appreciation for skilled labor, and supporting those kids who are willing to learn a skill.
After posting the letter on his website, mikeroweWORKS.com, word eventually spread to the Romney campaign and the newly minted Republican nominee decided to give it a read.
Twitchy has documented quite well how the letter went from Rowe’s website, to the twittersphere, blogosphere, and eventually, into the hands of Mitt Romney.
After receiving news that Romney had indeed read the letter, Rowe tweeted his reaction:
Rowe’s letter underscored a very real problem in the American workforce. Now that it has been heard by Romney, it might just get the attention it deserves.