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How much does Mitt Romney care about ethical violations by his advisers? (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Mitt Romney still has no comment on the fact that one of his labor advisers, Peter Schaumber, allegedly received leaks from a National Labor Relations Board member, and the AFL-CIO is calling on him to remove Schaumber from his campaign.

A report from the NLRB's inspector general found that current board member Terence Flynn passed confidential information to two former NLRB members, including Peter Schaumber. That information mostly benefited Schaumber's private business as he represented clients with cases before the labor board, but may also have helped fuel Mitt Romney's attacks on it.

Having been a member of the NLRB, Schaumber absolutely knows what is supposed to remain confidential and what constitutes a breach—he knew his actions in taking Flynn's information were unethical. This man is one of the chairs of Romney's Labor Policy Advisory Group, in a campaign in which Romney's attacks on unions and the National Labor Relations Board and calls for major labor law overhauls in favor of corporations have repeatedly taken center stage.

Is Mitt Romney's war on the National Labor Relations Board so extreme that he welcomes someone on his campaign who knowingly participated in leaks of confidential information about the board? If Romney values basic ethical standards, he needs to renounce Schaumber's actions and remove him from his campaign position.

Add your name to the petition calling on Romney to fire Peter Schaumber and condemn his ethics violations.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 09:12 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Wouldn't they have known? (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, happymisanthropy

    Terence Flynn was Schaumber's lawyer or something, right? Wouldn't the NLRB have known that when they accepted him onto the Board? Maybe there's a sort of old boys' club going on where former Board members get the benefit of their association with the Board?

    I would be very surprised if there was a true expectation on the part of Flynn, Schaumber or the NLRB that the Board meetings would be kept confidential.

    To them, this is probably a situation of "what did you expect? this is how it works."

  •  Obama appointed Terence Flynn (0+ / 0-)

    He owes us an explanation and an apology.

    Can he undo this appointment?  Can he get rid of the guy?  Has he learned anything at all about the failure of "centrism"?

    In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

    by Betty Pinson on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 08:10:29 AM PDT

    •  normal practice to appoint.... (1+ / 0-)
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      TKO333

      It is normal practice for the President to make NLRB appointments on a three to two partisan split, that is, three members of his own party and two members of the opposing party. This has been the practice for many years and has some basis in law (although I cannot cite the precise statute).

      He chose Flynn as a Republican appointee because he was non-controversial either to Dems or Reps. Apparently, it was a bad choice.

      And no, he cannot withdraw his recess appointment. Unless Flynn resigns, he will serve in the post till his recess appointment expires. Of course, Obama could renominanate him at that time....

      •  Perhaps the WH should focus (0+ / 0-)

        on vetting these Republican appointments more thoroughly and holding them to a higher standard than their party affiliation.

        Yes, Romney's campaign staffer should resign, but we should also pressure the WH to use more common sense when choosing Republicans to fill important vacancies. We should also expect them to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the NLRB is able to function properly until Flynn is gone.

        In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

        by Betty Pinson on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 08:43:09 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yes, poor choice.... (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, Flynn was a poor choice, and was made with the obvious tactical calculation that the Republicans in the Senate would not/could not oppose him, and that he would wind up as a recess appointee in any event.

          It is a good example of the cynicism and uber-partisanship that both the White House and the Senate have been treating NLRB appointments.

          And Schaumber is not a "staffer" to be hired or fired. He is an "advisor ' and a fundraiser not on the campaign payroll.

  •  Get the ball rolling (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Amber6541

    Get rid of Flynn.  As long as he's there Romney can stonewall.

  •  Mitt Romney + Ethics? (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Amber6541, parsonsbeach, TKO333

    Bwahahahahahahaha heh.

    Sorry,jut cant wrap my head around that one.

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 08:16:27 AM PDT

    •  My thoughts exactly! (0+ / 0-)

      Rethuglicans and ethics? Surely you jest.

      What you beat me to was:

      Bwahahahahahahahah!

      ;o)

      "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

      by parsonsbeach on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 09:46:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ethical standards are for the masses. Mitt Romney (7+ / 0-)

    is above all that...he's running for office, for pete's sake.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 08:17:45 AM PDT

  •  This is a good year to remind voters of (5+ / 0-)

    the history of convictions, indictments, and investigations among members of Ronald Reagan's administration - 138 to be exact.

    President Clinton's white house only racked up ten... including the $60 million Whitewater investigation (which no indictiments) and the President's impeachment for perjury. Of the other eight,  all but two were investigations that cleared the suspect of wrongdoing.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 08:18:18 AM PDT

  •  every time I see that picture (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, happymisanthropy

    I want to suggest a title.

    I've long ago stopped expecting ethical behavior from the Romney campaign.

    The man has no shame. Best you could do is get him to promise to fire him, and then he will promptly promise to hire him since the man cannot remain on one side of any issue for very long.

    I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

    by Patriot4peace on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 08:21:44 AM PDT

  •  Romney is never going to fire him, no matter (1+ / 0-)
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    parsonsbeach

    how many people sign a petition.  Just not going to happen.

  •  Nit to pick: petitions are for official business (0+ / 0-)

    Romney has no official position with a government or quasi-government authority. You do not petition in these circumstances; what is appropriate to do is to write a letter and add your name as a co-signer.

    The right to petition is a very formalized right and we should not be so loose with it as to cheapen it.

    If anything, "petitioning" Romney artificially elevates him as if he were anything but a private citizen. He is not in a position of trust, is not an elected official, so does not deserve a petition.

    Just because you have an internet site that makes it easy to make a "petition" does not mean this is the proper form for a complaint.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 09:00:36 AM PDT

  •  "If Romney values basic ethical standards..." (1+ / 0-)
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    parsonsbeach

    No, no comment, really.

  •  Peter Schaumber served as one of the two members (0+ / 0-)

    on the NLRB, from 2007-2009. Mr. Schaumber was the GOP rep, who served with Wilma Liebman, the former chairperson of the NLRB.  Ms. Liebman and Mr. Schaumber were the only two  members on the Board, yet between them they decided on 600 cases. So I am watching this very closely.

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