Bush Expected To Nominate Industry Lobbyist To Head CPSC

President Bush is expected to nominate the chief lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers, Michael Baroody, to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC has left semi-neutered status, opting for the full procedure. ConsumerAffairs.com writes:

    “Because of Baroody’s Republican ties and history of opposing strong safety regulation, his appointment is unlikely to be popular with the Democratic-controlled Congress.”

The President plans to install Baroody over President’s Day weekend as a recess appointment. The recess appointment, which is usually reserved at the end of a session or during the Senate’s summer recess, will be effective until the adjournment of the 110th Congress in 2008. After that, if the Senate doesn’t confirm the nominee, the position again becomes vacant.

Baroody’s less than impressive pro-consumer biography is steeped almost exclusively in public relations work for major Republican figures. He served as Bob Dole’s Speechwriter and Executive Assistant, and later as a flack for the RNC and the Reagan White House. Baroody has served as the chief spokesmen for the National Association of Manufacturers, a group the San Francisco Chronicle described as “an industry group that opposes aggressive product-safety regulation and punitive fines.”

The CPSC’s ability to regulate and fine serves as a powerful tool to protect consumers. We show each day that industry alone cannot secure the well-being of its customers. Baroody’s past makes us question whether he will work for consumers or the industry. For the sake and safety of consumers everywhere, we hope it is the former. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

Bush Expected to Name Industry Lobbyist to Head Consumer Safety Agency [ConsumerAffairs.com]
Previously: CPSC Enters Semi-Neutered Status


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  1. homerjay says:

    But he looks so sweet! Like a big ol’ teddy bear….

  2. kenposan says:

    how can you not trust grandpa?

  3. snowferret says:

    What the fuck?
    I can understand apointing someone with strong Republican ties, it might be unpopular but its not nessisarily WRONG. Apointing a man who makes it his job to do the oposite of what the job entails though? Thats unethical!

  4. Yayaya says:

    Wow just when you think the government couldn’t possibly have anymore conflicts of interest they bring in this guy.

    I expect him to continue the United States of America’s practices’ of not protecting the people and empowering the corporations over the consumer.

  5. RPG-Advocate says:

    This isn’t the first time Bush has abused recess appointments. Remember the whole dustup about John Bolton as UN ambassador? Bolton was appointed the same way and resigned in December because it was unlikely the new Democratic congress would confirm him.

    What surprises me is that the Constitution is written in such a way that congress is powerless to stop this behavior. Congress should have the ability to force confirmation hearings to begin as soon as they reconvene from the recess.

  6. zentec says:

    Until the American people demand better, this isn’t going to change. Politicians and their corporate sponsors get away with it because we let them.

  7. homerjay says:

    I demand better. What now?

  8. healthdog says:

    E-mail your representatives!

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  10. orielbean says:

    We gotta screw the email thing and just get our own lobby up and running! Why not? I think small buisness owners have the same stake in this game as consumers, as they are the ones who invariably get squashed once the big box rolls into town… The lobbyists are the group who get laws passed, not your congresscritter. Of course, I have no idea how to fund such a thing.