Lamberti blasts Boswell for opposition to Maytag merger

Lamberti blasts Boswell for opposition to Maytag merger with Whirlpool
 
Date January 30, 2006
Section(s) Local News
Brief  
 
By JESSICA LOWE

NDN Staff Writer

State Senate Co-President Jeff Lamberti, R-Ankeny, made a stop in Newton on Friday to discuss “the reckless statement made by Congressman (Leonard) Boswell” regarding the Maytag merger with Whirlpool.

“The reason I’m here today is to talk about the future of the Maytag plant in Newton,” Lamberti said. “No one likes where we are at today … it’s time for us to look to the future.”

The attempts of Boswell and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to halt the merger of the two companies with a letter to the Justice Department Jan. 12 sparked Lamberti’s remarks.

“I’m very concerned about the workers. There are no assurances that Whirlpool gives a hoot about Newton. I hope to get them to move off center. I want them to make a commitment to Newton and the workers,” Boswell said in regard to filing the letter of opposition to the merger with the Justice Department.

Lamberti, who is vying for Boswell’s seat in U.S. Congress, said he was discouraged by his opponent’s attempt to stop the community of Newton from moving forward.

“I’m troubled by the attempts of Leonard Boswell to stop the merger of Maytag and Whirlpool. If they are successful at stopping the merger, what good can come of it? Closing down the plant? Selling to the Chinese?” he said.

Lamberti’s statements on the at the courthouse on Friday came only a week after a guest commentary Lamberti wrote appeared in the Jan. 20 edition of the Newton Daily News. “This action by Leonard Boswell is a shortsighted political ploy that could damage the future of the Maytag plant and the City of Newton. Now is not the time to play these Washington political games with the future of Maytag workers,” he wrote.

“My interest is to do what is in the best interest of the workers,” Lamberti said on Friday.

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