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  •  if Mr O doesn't know about (5+ / 0-)

    the background of his nominees, then he has incompetent staff. If he knows, and still nominates people with questionable backgrounds, then it's on him, and his competence is in question.

    It isn't the first time he's done this, or even the third or fourth.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:32:28 PM PDT

    •  Of course he knows about Pritzker's background! He (7+ / 0-)

      has been friends with these people for years.  Anyone who reads newspapers in Chicago also knows.

    •  Of course the POTUS knows. (5+ / 0-)
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      maryabein, JayRaye, claude, Victor Ward, corvo

      Just like he knows this:

      While her decade-long relationship with the president will give her instant credibility with corporate and foreign leaders, she has few to no allies within organized labor. Hyatt Hotels, on whose board she sits, remains in a four-year labor dispute with its primary union in Chicago, Unite Here Local One, over contract provisions.

      The fight has grown intensely personal. The union and its allies have confronted Hyatt board members at their workplaces; reproached Pritzker-backed charities; and produced a movie about a then-Pritzker family-owned subsidiary's decision to shut down an East Chicago, Ind., manufacturing facility and accept millions in tax incentives to move jobs to Louisiana.

      Since Pritzker's name surfaced for the Commerce Secretary post, Local One's President Henry Tamarin has been silent on the pick and declined interview requests with The Tribune. He did so again Thursday through a Unite Here national spokesman. His son, Nate Tamarin, works at the White House and is a liaison to labor.

      BipartiSany! Guess this could be worse. At least Penny hasn't been nominated for the NLRB.

      "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

      by tardis10 on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:21:50 PM PDT

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    •  of course St. President Obama knows... (2+ / 0-)
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      Chaoslillith, corvo

      Penny introduced St. President Obama to the Ladies Who Lunch.  He was a most excellent investment for Madame Penny, now paying off handsomely.

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Thu May 02, 2013 at 04:18:26 PM PDT

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