Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, interviewed by Candy Crowley on the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing for choosing South Carolina over Washington state to locate a production facility for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The video is here and the transcript is here. Sen. Graham’s comments provide great fodder for questions the White House press corps could ask spokesman Jay Carney. Today. During the daily press briefing.
CROWLEY: South Carolina’s senior senator wants to know why the NLRB is against the project when, in a previous life, one of the president’s top advisers thought it was a fine idea.
GRAHAM: Bill Daley, the president’s chief of staff, was on the board of Boeing at the time they made the decision to locate to South Carolina. For the complaint to be legitimate, you would have to assume that the president’s chief of staff engaged in retaliatory behavior against a union.
That’s just the start of some tough commentary from Sen. Graham.
At National Review Online, The Corner, Robert Costa interviews Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), who also has pointed, political remarks for President Obama. From “Haley Pressures Obama, ’12 Field on NLRB“
Boeing, which has poured billions into the new facility, calls the agency’s complaint “legally frivolous.” Haley, for her part, is baffled by how the feds think that they can kick around a private company, picking and choosing where it operates. “There is no case; this is ridiculous,” she says. “It is an embarrassment for the NLRB. The unions are losing and this is nothing more than a desperate attempt to see if they can make their voices relevant again.”
But it is, Haley asserts, a “national fight,” with political implications for both parties. “I am going to fight this every step of the way,” she says. “We absolutely will not accept the bullying. This is a direct assault on right-to-work states.” In the coming days, the governor will urge the president — and the Republicans hoping to beat him in 2012 — to take sides.
Haley challenges President Obama to rally behind her. “I want to ask him why he is allowing unelected bureaucrats to come in and do the unions’ dirty work on the backs of our businesses,” she says. “It’s hurting the jobs in South Carolina and every other right-to-work state. He owes us an answer.”