Dealership Closings Reak of Partisan Hit-Job

From the Washington Examiner,

Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.

The basic issue raised here is this: How do we account for the fact millions of dollars were contributed to GOP candidates by Chrysler who are being closed by the government, but only one has been found so far that is being closed that contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008?

Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan learned from a House colleague that his Venice, Florida, dealership is on the hit list. Buchanan also has a Nissan franchise paired with the Chrysler facility in Venice.

“It’s an outrage. It’s not about me. I’m going to be fine,” said Buchanan, the dealership’s majority owner. “You’re talking over 100,000 jobs. We’re supposed to be in the business of creating jobs, not killing jobs,” Buchanan told News 10, a local Florida television station…

Also fueling the controversy is the fact the RLJ-McCarty-Landers chain of Arkansas and Missouri dealerships aren’t being closed, but many of their local competitors are being eliminated. Go here for a detailed look at this situation. McClarty is the former Clinton senior aide. The “J” is Robert Johnson, founder of the Black Entertainment Television, a heavy Democratic contributor.

A lawyer representing a group of  Chrysler dealers who are on the hit list deposed senior Chrysler executives and later told Reuters that he believes the closings have been forced on the company by the White House.

“It became clear to us that Chrysler does not see the wisdom of terminating 25 percent of its dealers. It really wasn’t Chrysler’s decision. They are under enormous pressure from the President’s automotive task force,” said attorney Leonard Bellavia.

RedState.com’s Josh Painter has a useful roundup of what has been found so far by a growing number of bloggers digging into what could be a very big story indeed. Also, see my column on this issue and how it fits into the larger context dubbed by the Examiner’s Michael Barone as “gangster government.”

As part of Chrysler’s bankruptcy agreement with the White House, the company plans to close roughly a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships.  Lists of the dealerships being cut and those retaining their Chrysler franchises can be found here in pdf format. Many dealers contend the criteria being used to determine which dealerships survive is not clear and that many of those that are being closed in fact are profitable businesses, despite the current recession.

More on the story from Michelle Malkin here.

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  1. This is right out of Atlas Shrugged. Accomplishment means nothing; relationships with gov’t officials is the key to success.

  2. If this is proven to be a FACT, the solution for all those who did not support obama et al including those democrats in Congress, is to simply boycott ALL those remaining democrat Chrysler dealerships. They’ll be the only ones left. So why bother spending your money for their financing of political far left social agendas.
    The Chrysler Corporation’s CEO may as well resign now and watch the whole thing fail without Republican, Conservative, dollars to support the comeback. It’s a shame, I was looking to purchase a new truck with the Original Cummings engine. Now I’ll go somewhere else.

  3. Thanks president obama, You just made up my mind for me. I’ll probably look into buying a truck from a company located in a “right to work state”. No hidden UNION health and pension benefits in the price, such as Chrysler , GM , Ford.
    Toyota may have what I’m looking for. Oh ya, I’ll be paying with all cash, and I know I’ll get the best deal around even if I have to travel to one of the many right to work states to buy it, like Oklahoma where the Good O’l Boys care about America and you sell us out across the world.


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