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View Diary: Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: John Dingell, longest-serving member in history, will retire (23 comments)

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  •  Do you have an example? (1+ / 0-)
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    Not arguing, just curious.  I'm from Michigan, but he's not mine.  I get people like Thaddeus McCotter and the reindeer breeder.  They make Dingell look like Einstein.

    •  His persecution of David Baltimore (2+ / 0-)
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      is one example:

      For example, here's a 1991 report that shows the results of his smear of this guy (i.e., he was forced to resign presidency of Rockefeller University).

      Five years later he (i.e., Baltimore) was was exonerated with a snippet of the article here:

      Congressional investigations led by Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), which at one point employed the Secret Service to look into alleged forgery in Imanishi-Kari's data notebooks, struck some as more of a witchhunt than an attempt to settle a scientific dispute. Many in Congress used the case as an opportunity to call into question the validity of scientific research.

      In a letter he wrote to colleagues in the spring of 1988, Baltimore accused attackers of using the controversy to "cripple American science."

      "I've often asked myself if there's anything I'd have done differently," Baltimore said. "Aside from small minor matters, I don't see how I could change the course of events."

      And on another level - let's not forget his longstanding denial of global warming as a issue worth doing about (e.g., referring to his longstanding opposition to fuel efficiency standards) that had larger repercussions:
      When a politician has a “safe seat” (and most of them do when 94% of all incumbents are reelected every cycle) he or she is more likely to have close financial and personal ties with big corporations, specials interests and other powerful and wealthy donors. In the case of Mr. Dingell, though I suggest no improprieties here, it is well known that he maintained a close relationship with and been an avid supporter of the motor industry in Detroit, and in turn they have provided strong financial support for all of his many reelection campaigns. Whether that relationship has been good over the long haul for the nation as a whole or for the motor industry itself, is a question frequently asked. Would Mr. Dingell’s tenacious opposition to CAFE standards (those federal rules that would control automobile gasoline consumption) and so hated by the car industry, would they have been good for that industry? Or would it have been better that the industry faced the facts early on and built cars which could better compete with more efficient imports? Perhaps had not Mr. Dingell been in office so long, and has such close relationships with this industry other voices and ideas would have been heard and we may have not had to pump the billions of Federal dollars into the faltering auto makers as we did to save that industry


      •  Thanks for the info. (0+ / 0-)

        I mean I knew he had close ties to the auto industry, and maybe it's my failing to follow the details because I couldn't vote for or against the guy anyway.  But given the things he did fight for I'm not quite ready to slag the guy completely.

    •  Dingell is in the pocket of the auto industry . . (5+ / 0-)

      hence historically anti-environmental and safety regulation. Yes, it is a major flaw in an otherwise fairly progressive politician.

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