None of the three leaders of the rejected-dealers group that successfully lobbied Congress for a new arbitration law got a reinstatement phone call from General Motors Co.
Tammy Darvish, Alan Spitzer and Jack Fitzgerald -- the dealers who head the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights -- said in interviews last week that none of the seven wind-down GM dealerships among them was contacted by the automaker.
"I feel like I'm walking around with a big target on my back," Spitzer said. He has three rejected GM dealerships in the Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, areas -- a Chevrolet store, a GMC store and a Buick-Cadillac store.
Tammy Darvish, who has a rejected Chevrolet store in Lanham, Md., said: "The only thing I'm confident of is that I'm sure it's not a coincidence."
GM spokeswoman Ryndee Carney declined to comment. "Since we are not identifying which dealers received letters of intent, I can't comment on any specific cases," she said.
Fitzgerald said he has two wind-down Cadillac stores and a Buick-GMC dealership in Maryland, none of which have been contacted by GM.
Spitzer, Darvish and Fitzgerald all said they intend to pursue arbitration or to ask that GM consider a possible settlement.
"I want my dealership back," Darvish said. "There's no amount of money they could pay to make me go away."