WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Thune, a featured speaker at today's National Automobile Dealers Association conference in Washington, zig-zagged when dealer Tamara Darvish asked him about his lack of support for rejected-dealer legislation.
Thune, R-S.D., had just given a speech to a supportive audience about the virtues of hard work. He also criticized the Obama administration for not creating more jobs and tax breaks among small businesses.
Darvish, a leader of the rejected-dealer group that successfully lobbied for a dealer-arbitration law last year, asked from the audience why Thune didn't co-sponsor a 2009 bill to reverse dealer terminations by GM and Chrysler. It could have saved thousands of jobs, she said.
Thune, 49, an impeccably groomed former college basketball player, praised the dealer-arbitration law then backtracked to explain why he didn't co-sponsor the 2009 bill. He said he was concerned at the time about the Obama administration's bank bail-out.
“Many of us were reluctant to get the government intervening further in the economy,” Thune said.