November 17, 2012

Politico’s Cirilli, Others Ignore Heavy Democrat Involvement in Hostess Ownership and Management

Yesterday, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka may have broken a modern record for chutzpah exhibited by a labor leader Friday in criticizing management’s decision at bankrupt snack maker Hostess Brands to liquidate in the wake of irreconcilable issues with its unions. In a Friday afternoon report at Politico, Kevin Cirilli not only let Trumka get away with it; he also lent the labor leader’s contentions additional misleading support.

Trumka blamed the company’s apparently imminent demise on “Bain-style Wall Street vultures.” He wants everyone to believe that it’s greedy, eeeevil Republican private-equity types who are on the brink of putting yet another company out of business. The “clever” framing of that quoted phrase appears to indicate that Trumka already knew better. It seems very likely that Cirilli also knew better. Three hours before the initial time stamp of Cirilli’s report, Zero Hedge re-exposed the heavy involvement of D-D-D-Democrats in Hostess’s management and advisors originally documented way back in july at CNNMoney by David Kaplan (additional paragraph breaks added by me; bolds are mine throughout this post):


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Positivity: Boynton Beach man who lost leg in crash says it was worth it to save another man’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Delray Beach, Florida (HT Daryn Kagan):

Posted: 5:29 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

His right leg was amputated, his left foot is fractured and he’s spent weeks confined to a hospital room, away from his wife and four kids.

But Angel Soto Jr., who lost his leg in October after being crushed between two vehicles as he was aiding a victim of another wreck, said he’d do it all over again if it meant saving another person’s life.

Losing a limb is traumatic, but having helped save the life of Boynton Beach resident Alexander Proscurshim was well worth it, Soto said on Monday, the first time he spoke publicly about the accident.

Proscurshim was sitting by his crashed Nissan pickup in the 3200 block of Old Boynton Road just west of North Congress Avenue, bleeding from his head. Soto extended his arm to help Proscurshim stand and walk away from the vehicle. Seconds later, David Plotkin’s Porsche slammed into the pickup, shredding Soto’s right leg.

“I think it would have been a very tragic end for Alex,” Soto said during a press conference, where he sat in a wheelchair with his wife Eileen nearby.

Proscurshim, interviewed a few days after the crash, said the fact that Soto stopped to help a stranger in need was remarkable.

“He didn’t have to stop, most people don’t stop. I just think this speaks to who this man is and his character,” he said.

Go here for the rest of the story.