White House Mulls Another Industry Shill To Head CPSC

The Washington Post reports that the Administration is considering another industry hack to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). They have in mind is Gail Charnley, a scientist who has testified on behalf of and writes articles supporting the views of tobacco, energy and pesticide companies. She’s not thought of as a consumer advocate per se but as someone hired by industry to represent their point of view,” said Lynn Goldman, a former assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Awesome. Last time around, the White House tried unsuccessfully to install Michael Baroody, a lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers, as CPSC head. Should Charnley fail, there’s probably some guys from Enron still looking for work.

White House Vetting Product-Safety Candidates [Washington Post via U.S. PIRG Consumer Blog]


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  1. 1N0X1 says:

    Will there ever be a time when the little-guy can breathe a sign a relief knowing that Corporate America isn’t trying to swindle them over at every corner?

  2. EmperorOfCanada says:

    @1NOX1 Not any time soon I’m afraid. People do it to themselves though.. The way the system works the good honest folks don’t make it very far up the corporate ladder.

  3. ironchef says:

    Bush has a knack of putting idiots in charge.

    Examples: himself, Michael Brown, Bernard Kerik (thank God his attempted nomination got scuttled), Ben Bernake, Miachel Baroody, and now this broad.

    They can’t impeach this president fast enough.

  4. DMDDallas says:

    Folks, you are in the middle of a declining empire. Enjoy the ride. Everything goes downhill from here.

  5. TechnoDestructo says:

    He can’t appoint anyone who would…you know…actually try and REGULATE.

    They wouldn’t last 6 months.

  6. amygdala1 says:


    … the Charnley Reptile has shown resistance to Atrazine, Thionex, and many [unnamed] pesticides. It seems to thrive on nicotine sulfate, an insecticide used in the 17th Century to ward off the destruction of the ‘Corporate Cronefly’. A distinguishing mark of the hermaphroditic Charnley Reptile is noted by the arch over its left eye as well as a seeming ‘smirk’ on its ‘face’. The Charnley Reptile actually vocalizes a hissing sound and when closely examined, auditory recordings uncover more of a ‘cccpssscc’ call.

  7. olegna says:

    I dig the raised eyebrow. Is this her MySpace profile picture?

  8. Jthmeffy says:

    just keep telling yourself… just one more year.. no more bushy

  9. Steve660 says:

    This is the yet another classic Bush administration move. This is how they address problems like last years Chinese lead toy scandal. But what scares me is every year these industry hacks are working as hard as they can to pass laws intended to stand in the way of progress and the greater social good so they can make money for themselves and the companies that they will coincidentally be working for when they leave office.

    P.S. To all the Bush fans out there keep chanting USA#1, waving your Chinese made flags and talking about how good the economy is. Thank you for 8 years of the most corrupt administration in American history.
    (o o)

  10. bubbaprog says:

    This truly has been the most anti-consumer presidency in anyone’s memory. One can only hope a John Edwards-type (perhaps, hmm, John Edwards?) is nominated for Attorney General and the government finally starts working to protect the consumer instead of the corporation.

  11. MarlonSays says:

    Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

    OK so she went to the same finishing school as Hillary and is a bit of an industry shill. But she hasn’t been on the board of Wal-Mart as well, has she?

  12. nowadays says:

    Whatever happened to working in the public’s interest?

  13. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    Then we can appoint Harriet Myers as the Surgeon General. It all falls into place…
    * Lead becomes part of daily recommended vitamins & minerals
    * Smoking actually prevents cancer
    * Global warming good (think real estate boom in northern Alaska)

    * Last minute repeal of Amendment 22!

    Four more years! [2004.georgewbush.org] Call me kooky!

    of course, then we need that pill from ‘On The Beach’ or ‘Children of Men’…(Quietus – You Decide When)

  14. Flibbetigibbet says:

    Geting your leftie on today, Ben? Why not just change the name of this site to “Kosist” instead?

  15. Ben Popken says:

    I didn’t even notice the raised eyebrow in her picture. That’s intense.

  16. Christovir says:

    @olegna: I believe that is an invisible monocle she is wearing.

  17. Doctor Cathattan says:

    Maggie Gyllenhaal’s long lost evil twin sister?

  18. Pop Socket says:

    In other news, Sneaky McFox has been appointed to chair the Commission on Henhouse Security.

  19. burgundyyears says:

    Industry hack? Did you read her bio? Ben, do you even understand what that means? If a person who has a PhD from MIT, has chaired NAS panels, and runs his or her own consulting businesses generally is an “industry hack”, I think almost anybody would qualify as one.

  20. suburbancowboy says:

    I think we should just appoint everyone from the Monsanto board of directors to every office possible. And then we should just all kill ourselves.

  21. topgun says:

    @burgundyyears: Great pedigree, but look who’s she’s gone to bed with (figuratively)!
    It’s like she’s been selling it on the street corner to any industry that needs a qualified voice to defend something they’ve screwed with.@olegna: I say it’s an old high school yearbook picture. Black & white, strand of pearls.

  22. topgun says:

    @Jthmeffy: You can download a clock for your computer desktop that gives you a countdown of days, hours etc. until he is out of office.
    Go to [www.backwardsbush.com]
    He’ll be out of office but never completely gone. We will be paying the price for a long time. Some the rest of their lives.

  23. savvy999 says:

    That’s actually a color picture, she’s just naturally a wee bit wan. CPSC = Cold Pale Scary Creepy

    Reminds me a little of Cheers’ Lilith Sternin-Crane.

  24. Hans_Auff says:

    I guess scientists are too busy to fuss about getting their hair done?

  25. Paul D says:

    I note, with no small measure of amusement, that you didn’t even try to argue with the assertion made in this post: that this Administration has a history of hiring anti-consumer sycophants to do this job, and this is yet another in a long series of inappropriate appointments effectively putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. An irrefutable pronouncement to say the least.

    Instead, you merely resorted to name-calling with the wingnut boogeyman du jour, and making it known that you don’t appreciate that your chosen ideology isn’t affirmed with every second of every day.

    Don’t worry, I’ve taken the liberty of calling the waaaambulance for you.

  26. Paul D says:

    @Pop Socket:
    Heheh. Sneaky McFox. Nice.

  27. Mr. Gunn says:

    I’m sure she’ll do a heckuva job.

  28. thefrontpage says:

    Is it us, or is she pretty cute in that picture?!

  29. burgundyyears says:

    @topgun: Yeah, but even the tobacco industry needs experts to consult with. Being retained by a defendant/defendant’s lawyers does not in any way mean you agree with what they did/are doing. Consulting != shilling.

    Now if, say, she went before Congress, raised her right hand, and said nicotine is not addictive on their behalf, THAT would be shilling/industry hack behavior. But the WaPo wasn’t able to dig that up so I doubt it ever happened.

    I’m also unsure about the article’s ideas that this is a temporary appointment. CPSC commissioners are actually fairly independent and appointments generally carry over across administrations until their expiration date. The next administration can’t simply dismiss them all and appoint their own. That’s not how CPSC appointments work.

  30. emax4 says:

    @thefrontpage: No, she’s pretty cute :)

  31. amygdala1 says:

    Yeah, but she’s a reptile. Stare at the pic– lizard tongue at any moment

  32. amygdala1 says:

    When in the shower, she sings, “Me Chinese, Me Play Joke, Me Put Pb In Your Coke…and Toys” and then she laughs in Mandarin.