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Frank Keeps His District’s GM Plant Open

From The Hill:

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., talks with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Barney Frank convinces GM CEO to keep his district’s plant open

By Michael O’Brien

June 4, 2009

Rep Barney Frank (D-Mass.) won a stay of execution on Thursday for a General Motors plant in his district that the automaker had announced it would close.

No other lawmaker has managed to halt the GM ax. As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Frank oversees the government’s bailout program, known as TARP. Frank’s staff said the lawmaker spokes with GM CEO Fritz Henderson on Wednesday and convinced him to keep the Norton, Mass. plant open for at least 14 months.

GM announced Monday in its bankruptcy and restructuring plans it would close of nine of its plants and idle three others. The automaker said it would also shutter three service and parts operations by the end of the year — one of which is in Frank’s district.

"I greatly appreciate General Motors’ willingness to take into consideration the wider needs of the company and especially the community," Frank said in a statement. "Keeping the facility open for this extra time gives workers a chance to look at other opportunities, while at the same time continuing to provide for their families."

Frank said that an improving economy could improve the prospects for GM and its employees, hinting that an uptick in auto sales could keep the Norton plant open longer.

So it looks like politics are involved in these things after all.

What a shock.

But is it just that one of the men most responsible for our economic difficulties should get a break for his constituents?

(Thanks to Proreason for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Frank Keeps His District’s GM Plant Open”

  1. proreason

    Here it comes!!! Drooling Barney vetos GM plant closing in his district:

    Barney Frank convinces GM CEO to keep his district’s plant open

    Rep Barney Frank (D-Mass.) won a stay of execution on Thursday for a General Motors plant in his district that the automaker had announced it would close.

    No other lawmaker has managed to halt the GM ax. As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Frank oversees the government’s bailout program, known as TARP. Frank’s staff said the lawmaker spokes with GM CEO Fritz Henderson on Wednesday and convinced him to keep the Norton, Mass. plant open for at least 14 months.

    http://briefingroom.thehill.co.....o-meeting/

    Gee, isn’t the drooler persuasive?

    • canary

      Pro, I saw Barney Frank stopped by Fox reporter on Glen Beck show if he would look into ACORN scandle, and twice Barney Frank slobbered only if it would show Bush should have done it. BF is one brazen but castrated man. Since he played the dumb act, and now has been made aware, he is now in an accountable position.

    • tranquil.night

      Well sure, Barney and his current Significant probably have interior design duty for Government Motors’ new 2012 Putt-Putt XS so obviously it wouldn’t make sense to close his (yes, his) factory. There’s probably a number of completely legitimate reasons for this..! (?)

      Here’s the funniest spoof on this odd new old entity known only as *GM* yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAqPMJFaEdY

  2. Colonel1961

    Now I’m shocked!

  3. electionhangovervictim

    “No other lawmaker has managed to halt the GM ax.” …that’s because no other lawmaker brought his knee pads to the meeting.

  4. pdsand

    “I greatly appreciate General Motors’ willingness to take into consideration the wider needs of the company and especially the community,” Frank said in a statement. “Keeping the facility open for this extra time gives workers a chance to look at other opportunities, while at the same time continuing to provide for their families.”

    I’m sure that’s exactly what happened. It didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he’s chairman of any particular congressional committees. Or that the current CEO has his job because of the Democrat president. Or that GM owes the Congress a great deal of money. I’m sure it was all GM’s willingness to consider the wider needs.

    • Aside from the blatant fraud and payola going on here – you would think this moron could lie a little better: namely give 1 friggin business reason for them to keep open and not “for workers to find a new job eventually, while providing for their familes”

      i.e. he just gave the smoking gun of corruption in his own dismal and reckless lie.

      But I digress, the Gov and Bambi “really don’t want to run an auto company…”

  5. jobeth

    Ahhh, It’s nice to see things are getting back to normal in MA.

    Wonder how much this plant is going to have to ante up for Bawrny Frawk’s future campaigns? Oh well, all for a good cause…spit…spit….

  6. MinnesotaRush

    But of course, they are NOT running GM. (wink, wink)

  7. bronzeprofessor

    Dear All,

    I hate to state the obvious, but didn’t Barney Frank get caught running a gay prostitution ring in his Georgetown townhouse 20 years ago? And didn’t he place his boyfriend in some high position of Fannie Mae?

    If Mark Foley, Larry Craig, and Ted Haggart had to be defrocked and run out of town on a rail for sending lewd instant messages, making code signals in a public restroom, and smoking meth with a prostitute, why is Barney Frank still in Congress and wielding so much power?

    What’s in the water up there in Massachusetts?

    • proreason

      “What’s in the water up there”

      Hahvad, MIT, Boston College, Wellseley College, Brandeis, Brown, Boston University, U Mass and the Boston Globe.

      I lived in Massachusetts and found the people to be extremely conservative in their personal characteristics.

      But politically, they are brainwashed 48×7 by the densest (both meanings) concentration of libwit propaganists in the country.


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