Friday, May 18, 2007

Seems our friends over to the right aren't the only ones who don't like Baroody.

Bush Asked to Reconsider Safety Nominee

Published: May 18, 2007

Senate Democrats urged President Bush on Thursday to withdraw his nomination of a top lobbyist from the National Association of Manufacturers to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, saying the candidate was unqualified and the appointment posed insurmountable conflicts of interest.


Many of the defendants in cases brought by the commission are members of the association. In the ethics agreement that Mr. Baroody sent to the commission, he said that as a result of the severance payment, he would remove himself from agency decisions concerning matters involving the association. He also said that ethics rules would not prevent him from considering actions involving the companies that are members of the association.

Democrats criticized that distinction.

“Both his work on behalf of N.A.M. and its members for well over a decade and this large cash payout indicate that he cannot escape a serious conflict of interest in this position,” Senator Durbin and Senator Nelson wrote.

Fox in the henhouse indeed.


At 9:42 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

Cronies R Us.


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