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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