April 25, 2007
The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye
Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
722 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Re: Nomination of Michael Baroody to be CPSC Chairman
Dear Senator Inouye,
I am writing to you and the members of the committee to express my deep opposition to the nomination of Michael Baroody to fill the position of Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). I believe that after you and your colleagues weigh Mr. Baroody’s long history as a partisan advocate on behalf of manufacturers against his total lack of any experience advancing product safety or the interests of consumers, you will conclude that his nomination to be the nation’s product safety leader is wholly inappropriate. There is literally nothing in his background that gives one any confidence that he will embrace the mission of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) with the kind of energetic focus on reducing injuries and advancing safety that Congress intended—a focus that consumers depend on for the safety of their families. Therefore, this nomination should be rejected.
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