Mitt Romney Revives Lies About NLRB In New Campaign Ad

January 05, 2012 2:46 pm ET — Brian Powell

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is out with a new campaign ad in South Carolina that revives discredited lies about the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and characterizes newly appointed board members as "union stooges."

ROMNEY: You're seeing a president adopt policies which affect our economy based not upon what's right for the American worker, but instead what's right for their politics.

The National Labor Relations Board, now stacked with union stooges selected by the president, says to a free enterprise like Boeing, 'You can't build a factory in South Carolina, because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.'

That is simply un-American. It's political payback of the worst kind. It is wrong for America, and it is something that will stop under my administration.


The claim that the NLRB was punishing South Carolina for its right-to-work status is demonstrably, irresponsibly false, and it's a lie that Romney has a history of repeating. The NLRB's actions regarding Boeing were routine measures taken to ensure that Boeing was not violating federal law by building the plant in South Carolina in retaliation for union strikes in the state of Washington. Is Romney saying that enforcing the laws of the United States is "something that will stop" under his administration?

And for the record, the NLRB dropped its challenge against Boeing in early December. Romney's rhetoric is not only based on a lie, it's also completely moot.