The Tea Party Express just posted this:
Tea Party-Backed CEO Curt Clawson Wins in LandsideBut ... but ... but I thought tea party types hated big business as much as they do big government! Didn't The New York Times repeat that assertion just a few days ago, in a story about opposition to the Common Core education standards?
... Tea Party Express, the nation's largest Tea Party political action committee, is celebrating the movement's first victory of 2014 in Florida's 19th Congressional District tonight with Tea Party-supported Curt Clawson.
Tea Party Express Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, "Tonight, Southwest Florida voted to send a bold Tea Party conservative to D.C. Curt Clawson's unique background as a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar international company will be a powerful addition to Congress...."
...Following Tea Party Express' endorsement in March, Clawson earned endorsements from Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, Tea Party Nation, Senator Rand Paul, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Eagle Forum, and a number of local Tea Party Activists.
The opposition to the Common Core also captures another shift since the Bush administration: While long contemptuous of an expanding federal government, some Republican activists are growing wary of big business, too, including figures like Bill Gates, the billionaire Microsoft founder whose foundation supported the development of the standards.Funny -- that didn't seem to affect Clawson during his primary campaign. None of this seemed to cut into his vote totals:
... on the campaign trail and in his ads, Clawson never mentions a former employee, Shawn Boone, who died in a fiery blast in the Hayes Lemmerz automotive plant in Indiana that Clawson's company ran.You'd think people who were "growing wary of big business" would have a problem with all that, or with the fact that Clawson apparently bought the primary victory with $3.4 million of his own money.
"I think the most important thing for people ... to realize was that when he [Clawson] was working at Hayes, they shut down a lot of plants that were good jobs," Boone’s sister, Tammy Miser told The Naples Daily News in a must-read piece.
Beyond Boone's death and the company's apparently spotty safety record, the Daily News exposes how the company filed for bankruptcy under Clawson's leadership.
It shut down factories.
It outsourced jobs.
And it even relied on an Obamacare bailout. Today, Clawson wants to repeal Obamacare.
And Clawson got rich, the Daily News reports:
During his nine years as a top executive for Hayes Lemmerz, the company laid off more than 1,300 workers, shuttered seven plants in the U.S., and taxpayers covered hundreds of millions of dollars in pension and health-care costs shortly before selling to a Brazilian company in 2011, according to filings with industry regulators and media reports.
Over that time, Clawson brought in annual seven-figure incomes, including bonuses....
Clawson's salary ranged from a low of $1.3 million in 2001 to a peak of $12.3 million in 2003....
Gee, I guess not.