Obama’s Auto Ad Backfires on Him
Republicans are trying to chip away at President Obama’s success with the auto industry by bringing attention to a battery maker that took stimulus money and then laid off workers.
A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle, an autoworker in Ohio who says he was laid off and “scared to death” until the president swooped in to save the industry.
“Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry,” Slagle says in the ad. “He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”
The Toledo Blade reported today that a Facebook page under Slagle’s name says that the auto-parts worker is an employee at Johnson Controls, a company based in Milwaukee that makes car batteries. The Republican National Committee notes that Johnson Controls got $299 million from the stimulus to make batteries. But after getting the money, the company built just one factory instead of two. The Washington Post reported that “because of lower-than-projected demand,” only the first was built and it’s at half capacity.