To the Editor:
This is in response to "NADA stands by choice of speaker" (July 29) and "Probably not a wise move for NADA" (Aug. 5), Keith Crain's column questioning the choice of Hillary Clinton as a keynote speaker at the next National Automobile Dealers Association convention.
I would question whether a dozen angry messages and some responses to Jim Ziegler's Facebook post constitute a "brouhaha." Twenty thousand to 30,000 people usually attend the convention.
More important, the handful of dealers who are angry about this choice should perhaps reconsider their closed-mindedness.
I accompanied dealers on several occasions to see then-Sen. Clinton when she represented New York, and even the staunch Republicans and conservatives in the group were consistently impressed by her attentiveness and grasp of the issues for dealers.
A keynote speaker should be interesting, intelligent and perhaps even provocative.
I applaud NADA President Peter Welch and his staff and the NADA directors involved for this decision, and I highly recommend that people of all backgrounds take the opportunity to hear this intelligent and powerful woman speak.
The writer, the president of a trade association representing franchised new-car dealers, says the opinion expressed is her own.