GM Named Official Vehicle Provider to GOP Convention

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
gm named official vehicle provider to gop convention

While you might think that a savvy American automaker would stay well away from the political fray, the Buloxi Sun Herald reports that GM is still catering to its republican "base." After hooking-up with conservative talk radio hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh last year, GM has now secured itself the honor of being the Official Vehicle Provider for this year's G.O.P. convention in Minnesota. And yes, I'm aware that this is not new news. "GM and the Republican National Convention have enjoyed a strong partnership for the last seven conventions," revealed convention President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Cino. "We look forward to working with GM once again to keep our convention moving smoothly." But this time they'll also be moved cleanly; GM's G.O.P. fleet will consist "primarily: of flexible-fuel and hybrid models. "This is an outstanding venue for a great number and variety of people to see first-hand how GM is leading the way with more products with more fuel and technology choices for consumers," said Ken W. Cole, GM vice president for Global Public Policy and Government Relations. Somehow I doubt the public education will include a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

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  • Samir Syed Samir Syed on Jan 10, 2008

    Well, California has a republican governor. This may be part of a secret strategy that GM is deploying to win back the coast. When I was in SF/SJ last Sept., could swear the only domestics I saw were the pick-up trucks in Napa.

  • Mikey Mikey on Jan 10, 2008

    Good for GM, the exposure won't hurt.No doubt GM is picking up the tab.

  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Jan 10, 2008

    GM and the GOP- it's a match made in Heaven. Both are vast corporations with reactionary instincts. Both resist higher fuel economy standards, acting as if they were owned lock, stock and 55-gallon barrel by Big Oil. Instead of practical, immediate reforms, they're fond of over-the-horizon answers like hydrogen fuel and the Chevy Volt. Both of them style and market their products with appeals to fear and intimidation. Both wrap themselves in the flag, while globalizing as many productive assets as possible. And one more similarity- both GM and the GOP are losing market share recently, with even bigger losses yet to come.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Jan 10, 2008

    So they will have flex fuel cars/truck/SUV's whatever. And I bet none of them see a drop of E85 in them. Now if they were all carted around in Aveos and Cobalts that would save some energy and impress me, but probably not the people who are forced to ride in them.