Recesspool Deepening?

Bill Scher

There are reports that the President’s Recesspool could get worse.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire reported Friday that Bush is considering putting the executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers in change of the agency that regulates the safety of the organization members’ products.

The prospective appointee, Michael Baroody, would become head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. While at NAM, the former Reagan administration and longtime Republican lobbyist, according to Public Citizen president Joan Claybrook, “spearheaded campaigns designed to cripple the regulatory agencies and deny consumers access to the courts. He has made a career out of opposing any measure to hold negligent corporations accountable for preventable harm.”

A detailed analysis of Baroody’s record by Public Citizen concludes, “President Bush would be hard-pressed to find a more inappropriate nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

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