JACK TAYLOR, President, Alexandria Toyota, Alexandria, Va. Jack Taylor is a director of the Automotive Free International Trade political action committee, which is not connected with AIADA.
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To the Editor:
I read with interest your Feb. 27 article regarding the American International Automobile Dealers Association's involvement in the Thailand trade talks ("Pickup tariff talks generate heat, not light").
For months, we have been hearing from Chairman Don Hicks and (now former) AIADA President Marianne McInerney that they have been heavily involved in those talks, leading us to believe that they had a key seat at the table for those difficult negotiations.
According to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative as cited in the article, they did not have "an exclusive invitation" to the U.S. trade talks.
There has been a lot of talk about AIADA's new political action committee. I am opposed to it because I am concerned that it may put dealers in a position where they may be violating election laws without knowing it.
My bigger concern is more of the above. It is my opinion that AIADA has an apparent disregard for the truth. If it continues on that precarious road, I think it could hurt dealers, our manufacturers and our relationship with Congress.
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