By on June 15, 2009

What a difference a weekend makes. On Friday, I spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s PR person. She promised to help us identify the models involved in Uncle Sam’s purchase of 17,205 Chrysler, Ford and GM vehicles (as part of the economic stimulus package). Talk about backing away . . . Not only did Pelosi press secretary Drew Hammill deny making any such promise, her e-mail asked us to remove our story. No chance. I stand by my report. Oh, and “we do not have the information on what types of vehicles GSA has ordered. You will have to get that information from them.” As you know (and I told Hammill), the GSA stonewalled that request. Meanwhile, here’s a question: does this mean that Speaker Pelosi doesn’t care what percentage of these vehicles will be US made? Or how much more fuel efficient they will be than the vehicles they replace? If, as stated, this purchase was designed to create jobs and help the environment, how can she support it without knowing those crucial details? How, indeed.

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35 Comments on “Pelosi Withdraws Promise to TTAC to Reveal Models in Motown Bailout Buy...”


  • avatar
    Jerome10

    Maybe the CIA has briefings they presented to Pelosi showing the breakdown of models purchased??

  • avatar
    dwford

    Again, a politician making a mountain out of a mole hill. I would expect that most of the purchases are for utility type vehicles replacing aged units, so I would think that many of these vehicles would be trucks. So what? If that is what the government needs, and the new vehicles are more efficient than the old, what’s the big deal? She doesn’t want her eco-cronies to know that the vehicles weren’t all hybrids? Or that some are made in Mexico or the US, which, according to NAFTA, would make them count as US made anyway? What is she hiding?

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    It’s good to be the queen. And the speaker. And the majority leader.

  • avatar
    pnnyj

    Only a political hack could come up with an idea like “withdrawing” a promise. Disgusting.

  • avatar
    fincar1

    Well. A Pelosi promise inoperative. Who would have thought it?

  • avatar
    afabbro

    “Not only did Pelosi press secretary Drew Hammill deny making any such promise, her email asked us to remove our story.”

    Why not share the email with us?

  • avatar
    Juniper

    Robert
    Why don’t you ask your own Senator or Congressman?

  • avatar

    [cue politial flamewar]

  • avatar

    Juniper

    Have done. Jack Reed’s office says they’ll get back to me.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    Meanwhile, here’s a question: does this mean that Speaker Pelosi doesn’t care what percentage of these vehicles will be U.S. made? Or how much more fuel efficient they will be than the vehicles they replace? If, as stated, this purchase was designed to create jobs and help the environment, how can she support it without knowing those crucial details?

    Why should she need to justify it? If she says it’s so, I believe her. After all, she’s the Speaker of the House, the top politician in the House of Representatives. A bulwark of our government. Besides, she has plenty of green cred in the bank. The Sierra Club even supports her. If I can’t trust her, who can I trust?

  • avatar
    Lokkii

    There’s a lovely little act of law that the Democrats forced on the government back in the 70′s called the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
    It requires the government to provide copies of unclassified documents

    You should be able to obtain a copy of the list by filing a FOIA request.

  • avatar
    afabbro

    Lumbergh21,

    I received your bank wire. The deed to the Brooklyn Bridge should be delivered to you shortly. Thanks for your business.

  • avatar
    MMH

    …and that’s why I like cars!

    Er, wait….

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    Or is it because one of her lackeys actually perused TTAC and saw things like Deathwatch and Zombiewatch and got cold feet?

  • avatar
    capdeblu

    Ms. Pelosi doesnt want you to know because they are all Cadillac CTSs. This is going to be a public relations problem.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    The GSA probably doesn’t know yet. There’s a procurement process to go through and then there will be a bureacratically delayed decision of some sort. The White House probably wants fast action but procurement rules are there to try and provide some semblance of fairness and equal opportunity to the process and you can’t wave them away in a hurry.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    “If I can’t trust her, who can I trust?”

    In God We Trust, Everybody Else Pays Cash.

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    You mean a politician backed away from a PROMISE?? NO FREAKING WAY! I’m appalled.

  • avatar
    commando1

    Am I the only one that thinks she’s a hottie?

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    I consider this to be good news. It’s circumstantial evidence that we’ll be getting more Fusions and Milans (hecho en Mexico) and fewer Sebrings and Avengers.

  • avatar
    GBooth

    @ commando1:

    Yes. You are.

  • avatar
    MBella

    Yes commando you are. I hope you stay on this Robert. Hold them accountable.

  • avatar
    levi

    Yes commando you are. I hope you stay on this Robert. Hold them accountable.

    +1

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    Commando: We hope you get your vision checked, she is a 67 yro Grandmother with a bad botox Jones.

  • avatar
    wsn

    Not only did Pelosi press secretary Drew Hammill deny making any such promise, her e-mail asked us to remove our story.

    ———————————————-

    She is less politically mature than I thought.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    @ commando

    If you’re 80 with marginal eyesight, it could be good. She does have a nice shape for her age.

    For those of us just reaching Social Sec age, it’s pretty marginal.

  • avatar
    cmcmail

    The whole government has marginal eyesight at best, they just gave $50 billion to the team that designed and marketed the Aztek as a weekend getaway RV. They don`t even have a drawing board to go back to.

  • avatar
    RogerB34

    At least TTAC didn’t get the deer in the headlights look.

  • avatar
    Bearadise

    KixStart@ “The White House probably wants fast action but procurement rules are there to try and provide some semblance of fairness and equal opportunity to the process and you can’t wave them away in a hurry”

    Tell that to all the poor shlubs who were functioning car dealers last month and are out in the street this month. If a certain ex-community organizer wants it rammed through, it will be rammed through, fairness and equal opportunity be damned.

    And that’s why I’m a Porsche blah, blah, blah.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    the amazing thing is that Robert believed anything she said in the first place
    P.S.- @ commando. Go put some shorts on.

  • avatar
    Bearadise

    RogerB34 @ “At least TTAC didn’t get the deer in the headlights look.”

    Roger, I believe these days it’s known as the “dealer in the headlights” look.

  • avatar

    Forget it. I’m getting my deposit back on the Pelosimobile.

  • avatar

    Not only did Pelosi press secretary Drew Hammill deny making any such promise, her e-mail asked us to remove our story.

    Actually this part is almost funny. Did she ask nicely, or did she put even the smallest tone of threat into her request?

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    1) Yes, Commando you are the only one.

    2) KixStart :
    June 15th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    The GSA probably doesn’t know yet. There’s a procurement process to go through and then there will be a bureacratically delayed decision of some sort. The White House probably wants fast action but procurement rules are there to try and provide some semblance of fairness and equal opportunity to the process and you can’t wave them away in a hurry.

    Then how can they, meaning Pelosi, announce:

    “We know that we can create jobs and save taxpayer dollars while protecting our planet, and with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we are. The news that General Services Administration is one step closer to buying new, fuel efficient vehicles is good for our economy, good for our workers, and good for our environment. Because this will increase the fuel efficiency of the federal fleet, it’s also good for the American taxpayer.”

    Don’t you need to know what is being purchased to claim that it will save the economy and the environment, etc.?

  • avatar
    Jeff in NH

    Am I the only one that thinks she’s a hottie?

    You’re not alone…


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