More is being mentioned of the mounting evidence that the Chrysler dealerships being forced to close are Republican-owned businesses. It appears the White House is using the auto industry mess to target Republican-owned dealerships to extract a pound of political revenge.
Politics, Chicago style.
According to an article in the Washington Examiner, Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan is one of the dealership owners to receive the axe from Washington. He owns 23 dealerships in Florida and North Carolina. He is a Republican who replaced former Rep. Katherine Harris.
It is also interesting to note that the chain of Arkansas and Missouri dealerships owned by former Clinton Chief of Staff Mack McLarty and BET network founder Robert Johnson has not been touched while its competitors are being closed. Both men are, of course, heavy Democrat donors.
The article by Mark Tapscott states, "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."
The Examiner's Michael Barone calls it "gangster government".
"The White House car czar Steven Rattner is married to Maureen White, the former national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. And let's not forget that before Rattner became a Wall Street mover and shaker, he was a New York Times reporter."
Probably just all a coincidence.