Boswell says Cain bears some blame for Newton’s woes

Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines) issued a statement late tonight, criticizing GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Des Moines, IA – Congressman Leonard Boswell today released a statement regarding GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and his directorship with the Whirlpool Corporation.

“As we continue to hear more and more about Herman Cain’s past, Iowans should also know about Mr. Cain’s role in overseeing the closure of the Maytag plant in Newton and the export of thousands of jobs to Mexico,” Boswell said.

Cain first served on Whirlpool’s board of directors from 1992 to 2003 and again from 2005 to April 2011. In 2006, Whirlpool acquired Maytag and shuttered its the plant in Newton soon after.

“Herman Cain is no friend of working Iowans as he personally played a major role in the economic devastation of the central Iowa town. Newton has never been the same since Maytag left. While Cain continues to make money from Whirlpool, it’s rather apparent that his backwards idea of fixing the economy is putting Americans out of work,” continued Boswell.

Just last week, Whirlpool announced plans to cut 5,000 workers in the U.S. and Europe, which includes the complete closure of its Fort Smith, Arkansas plant.

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