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Imports Banned Among Some Michigan Lawmakers' Staffs

January 15, 2002

At least three lawmakers require that their staff drive American vehicles. In southeast Michigan, union autoworkers dominate the Democratic party. U.S. Rep. David Bonior of Michigan and some other elected Democrats are reluctant to offend those voters by having an employee represent the office in a foreign car. Bonior demands that his staffers drive American vehicles made by union workers while on the job. “For me, it’s about values and loyalty,” said Bonior, who refuses to set foot in a foreign car. “This cuts to the core of who I am.” At least two other Michigan Democrats – Reps. John Dingell of Dearborn and Dale Kildee of Flint – require that any staff member driving to work at their offices have a car made by members of the United Auto Workers Union.
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