Friday, June 15, 2007

This is interesting.

WSJ ($)

Auto Industry Taps Jim Talent To Lead Public-Relations Push

By Mike Spector
Faced with waning political clout on Capitol Hill, the auto industry has tapped a former heartland senator to speak out against pending fuel-economy legislation.

Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, lost in a razor-thin race to Democrat Claire McCaskill in November's mid-term election, a key result that catapulted Democrats to a one-seat Senate majority.

Now, Mr. Talent has signed on with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the chief lobbying group that represents Detroit's Big Three auto makers and Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan, among others. Mr. Talent, who hails from a state with several auto plants, told reporters on a conference ...

Talent lost his re-election bid to Claire McCaskill, 50% to 47%. The former Senator is now a senior advisor to Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign [5].

Seems a little incestuous to me. Romney is close to the auto industry, Talent is one of his staff, the industry has big bucks to give to Presidential campaigns, so Romney's staff member goes to lobby for Big Auto!!!

Hmmm, there is another term for this....


At 1:48 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Here is my 2p headache.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Ashen Shard said...

What the hell is wrong with the auto industry in America? They piss and moan about needing protection from foreign competition but refuse to innovate in order to compete!
They should look at what happened to the TV industry in this country. If I am correct, Zenith is the last American owned company because American companies refused to innovate and produce color televisions. You don't innovate, you don't keep up, you cannot compete and deserve to be driven out of business by foreign competition.
They should quit whining and do something about it rather than running to the government to protect them.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

Yet another great post Paddy.

At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God will this guy never go away. (he was my congressman and I nearly ran against the SOB in '94) I was in the DC airport as Mr Talent bullied his way onto a US Airways flight in Feb...(I think they mistakenly thought he was still a where would they get that idea?)


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