Senator Kerry threatens to attack Bush Nominee for something that Kerry's family does

Yesterday, the Bush administration backed away from nominating Anthony F. Raimondo to a position in the Commerce Department because the Kerry campaign threatened to make an issue of the fact that Raimondo's company opened up a factory in China employing 180 workers. The irony here is amazing because Kerry's family owns a major protion of the stock in H.J. Heinz & Co., which apparently operates 57 factories overseas. I strongly support companies being able to open up factories in other countries, but this is a question of hypocracy. Compare these two articles:

Bush Choice for Manufacturing Post in Question

By Mike Allen and Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 11, 2004; Page A01

Six months after promising to create an office to help the nation's struggling manufacturers, President Bush settled on someone to head it, but the nomination was being reconsidered last night after Democrats revealed that his candidate had opened a factory in China.

Several officials said the nomination may be scrapped because of the political risk but said that had not been decided. Bush's opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), has made job losses his chief point of attack, and some administration officials feared the nomination could hand him fresh ammunition.

In late afternoon, the administration announced that the new assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing and services would be named at a ceremony this morning. Industry officials were told that the job would go to Anthony F. Raimondo, chairman and chief executive of a Nebraska company that makes metal buildings and grain silos.

But Kerry's campaign, tipped off about the impending nomination several hours earlier, hastened to distribute news reports that Raimondo's firm, Behlen Manufacturing Co. of Columbus, Neb., had laid off 75 U.S. workers in 2002, four months after announcing plans for a $3 million factory in northwest Beijing.

Bush aides said Behlen, founded in 1936, has four U.S. plants employing 1,000 people and a 150,000-square-foot plant in China employing 180.

The Real Benedict Arnolds

By James K. Glassman

Posted: Monday, March 8, 2004
Scripps Howard News Service  
Publication Date: March 8, 2004

Sen. John Kerry is fond of calling CEOs who employ foreigners “Benedict Arnolds,” after the despicable Revolutionary War turncoat.

But look at H.J. Heinz & Co., the family business of Kerry and his wife, Teresa. Of the 79 factories that the food-processor owns, 57 (a felicitous number!) are overseas. According to its website, Heinz is making ketchup, pizza crust, baby cereal and other edibles in such countries as Poland, Venezuela, Bostswana, China, Thailand and India.


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