Nice story at Baltimore TV station WJZ recounting last week’s decision-making process of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as he changed his Monday vote against the financial stabilization bill to a yes vote on Friday. A visit from his constituent, Drew Greenblatt of Marlin Steel Wire Products, made a big difference.
Weijia Jiang reports on Thursday, it seemed there was no doubt Congressman Elijah Cummings would reject the federal bailout package. Then he had a change of heart.
“We have a gentleman that visited my office yesterday, Mr. Greenblatt,” said Cummings.
And it’s at his office WJZ met that Mr. Greenblatt, the president of a steel manufacturing company in Baltimore who was determined to sway his congressman to vote “yes,” which he did.
“The country is in pain. It looks like we’re on the verge of all kinds of problems, and what we’ve got to do is stop the bleeding,” said Cummings.
“It’s very scary what could have happened. I think there would have been mass layoffs in Baltimore City, and there would have been a lot of unnecessary carnage. That’s not good for us. That’s not productive,” said Drew Greenblatt.
Drew is an NAM board member, was in town — not that far from South Baltimore, granted — for the annual board of directors meeting, and like other directors, went to the Hill to make his case. Congratulations to Drew, and congratulations and thanks to Rep. Cummings for weighing all sides of the issue.
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