Skip to comments.CA: Lawmaker wants Toyotas out of the Capitol garage [Updated]
Posted on 02/04/2010 9:46:12 AM PST by NormsRevenge
A state assemblyman who represents Toyota's North American headquarters in Torrance is so peeved by the automaker's safety problems and its recent decision to close a California plant that he's asking his colleagues to stop buying the Japanese-made hybrid cars.
Assembly Rules Committee Chairman Ted Lieu, who is running in June to be the Democratic Party's candidate for attorney general, said he plans to ask the committee on Thursday to reinstitute a "Buy-American" policy when purchasing pool vehicles that the house's 80 members use to get around Sacramento.
"With the massive safety problems that Toyota is experiencing, I think it's an appropriate time to back to the Buy American policy, Lieu said. That stricture was dropped in 2003 because many environmentally sensitive lawmakers wanted to drive low-emission, fuel-efficient Toyota Priuses, one of the few gas-electric hybrid vehicles available at that time.
[Updated at 5:34 p.m.: Lieu's office reports that 87 of the 133 vehicles in the Assembly fleet are Toyota hybrids.]
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environmentally sensitive lawmakers wanted their hybrids
Wonder if he’s peeved at all the GM recalls that go on without such fanfare and grandstanding.
Getting brave, aren’t they? Combinations of union power and government power are dangerous to liberty and have been for some time.
Hell I want to stop selling cars in california altogether. With idiots like this, we may just get our chance.
i totally support the Buy American mantra... until my government forces me to...
Not to mention that they are now a major competitor of Toyota, and stand to gain market share for GM by driving Toyota’s reputation into the ground.
...reinstitute a “Buy-American” policy when purchasing pool vehicles.
It’s a little late for California lawmakers to become pro-business. The barn door was left open too long.
“...and its recent decision to close a California plant that he’s asking his colleagues to stop buying the Japanese-made hybrid cars.”
They moved production of some models from UAW in CA to non-union in TX. I’ll bet these clowns called them American made when they were produced in CA.
The Priuses has brake problems and the others the gas pedal problems one way or the other your going to crash,what the heck it sells more cars engineering is a wonderful thing.
real irony would be Ed Bagley Jr unexepectedly accelerating into a Hummer in his Prius.
How about the "Buy Nothing" policy? Is it too much to ask Assembly members to bring their own cars to Sacramento?
exhibit A as to why it's just WRONG for the gov't to own car companies.
Wait didn’t Toyota mainly close the Calif plant because GM left them hanging with the entire facility?
Thanks for your support !
I want him out of my wallet. What does he think about that?
Perhaps this lawmaker is unaware that Blue Springs, Mississippi, is in the US.
Ted Lieu sounds as if he comes from an imported family.