Thursday, May 28, 2009
More Evidence Politics Played Role In Chrysler Closings
There is more circumstantial evidence suggesting that the Obama administration is playing politics in its handling of Chrysler's bankruptcy by targeting Republican-owned dealerships disproportionately for closure. Gateway Pundit points out that a string of dealerships in Missouri and Arkansas owned by Democratic big shots, Mac McLarty, a former Chief of Staff to President Clinton, and Black Entertainment Television's Robert Johnson, a big Obama supporter, were saved while dealerships owned by the chain's local competitors got axed. There is also the disclosure by the Washington Examiner that Obama auto czar Steven Rattner is married to a big-time Democratic fundraiser and former finance chair for the DNC, Maureen White. An analysis of the 789 dealership closings indicates that 90% are big contributors to the GOP, while less than 10% were big contributors to Obama and the Democrats. Indiana's Gene Beltz and Michael Leep, both big GOP contributors, were among the dealerships on the closure list.