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DNC’s ‘Steelworker’ Never Worked For Bain

From a surprisingly curious ABC News:

Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn’t Work for Bain

By Jonathan Karl | Thursday Sept 6, 2012

The Democratic National Convention on Wednesday featured three speakers billed as “former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital.”

They each told compelling stories about jobs lost, allegedly because of the actions of Bain under Romney’s leadership. But it turns out one of those employees never actually worked for a company controlled by Bain Capital.

David Foster was supposedly one of those former employees on the convention schedule. He told the story about 750 steelworkers who lost their jobs when the Bain-controlled company GST steel filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s.

“In 2001, with GST bankrupt and Romney still CEO of Bain, I stood in front of hundreds of steelworkers in their 50s and 60s, and retirees in their 70s and 80s, and told them Romney and Bain had broken their promises. Jobs, vacation pay, severance, health insurance and pension benefits that were promised — they were all gone,” he said.

But Foster, according to a former spokesman for GST Steel, never actually worked for the company.

“David Foster was never an employee of GST Steel’s Kansas City plant. He was employed by the United Steelworkers of America as their regional union director to represent GST Steel, but was not employed at our facility,” according to BC Huselton, who was head of HR at GST.

Instead, Foster was a union organizer, who negotiated for workers that did work for the company. Foster explained in his remarks that he was an organizer during his dealings with GST Steel. But it is not clear from the remarks that he never worked for a company controlled by Bain…

So a ‘steelworker’ showcased as a former employee of a company controlled by Bain Capital by the Democrat convention on Wednesday turns out to have never worked for a company controlled by Bain.

In fact, he was not even a steelworker. He was a union organizer. One of the people who did their best to drive GST steel into bankruptcy with impossible demands.

What a perfect example of the kind of honesty you get from the Democrat Party.

But what do you expect from a party that makes ‘Women Republicans for Obama’ campaign ads featuring people who were never registered Republicans, but in fact lifelong Democrat activists.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “DNC’s ‘Steelworker’ Never Worked For Bain”

  1. Anonymoose says:

    It’s even more clear here:


    So Bain Capital buys the company–which was on the verge of failure because of unions and international competition and had lost 75% of it’s workforce since 1970, because two product lines might be revitalized. Bain puts in $100 million and keeps the company for 8 years through it’s bankruptcy.

    Then in the late 90’s more cheap steel floods the market and Asian financial crisis (which George Soros was involved in) cuts demand for their products. Energy costs skyrocket–hey, I see a trend with today, and the company can’t compete. But the unions don’t want to give an inch and strike. Yep, those big bad corporations are omnipotent and can make anything happen, and it’s all their fault they couldn’t make enough money to keep up the salaries and benefits.

    GST was the only one that shutdown, while the non-union ones continued–and there’s the crux of the matter. Just looking up “GST steel” on Google pulls up lots of hits for those “telling the truth about Romney” websites, all of which sound and look alike for a supposedly grassroots movement.

    Why the don’t the Republicans fight back? Lay it out and smack the Democrats on the nose for telling more lies like this? Quit playing nice–I’m surrounded by liberals who are repeating the talking points about Romney and Bain without questioning it, because they’re not hearing anything else.

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