September 28th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement urging Barack Obama to fire former SEIU head Andy Stern from the National Debt Commission and to discontinue White House meetings with Stern amid an FBI investigation into the former labor head and other corruption at the union:
"Until such time that Andy Stern is cleared of all wrongdoing by the FBI, the Obama Administration must dismiss him from the national debt commission, and stop meeting with him. No other person has met with the White House as much as Andy Stern, and now we learn he's at the heart of an FBI probe.
"Obama must avoid even the appearance of impropriety and immediately distance himself from Stern. Stern has no business sitting on a presidential commission while the FBI is investigating him, or meeting with top White House officials, including Obama.
"If the White House will not fire Stern, then members of Congress must urge Obama to do so. Congress has a vested interest in the findings of the debt commission not being tainted by a union corruption scandal, and assuring that White House appointments are properly vetted."
A Stern Word on Obama's Debt Appointment, March 2010.
SEIU's Stern Tops White House Visitor List, Wall Street Journal, October 30th, 2009.