Asking the Fox to Guard the Hen House


In another example of choosing industry insiders to head federal agencies that are supposed to oversee those industries, the Bush administration has put forward Michael Baroody to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Baroody is currently chief lobbyist and vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has put a “hold” on the nominee to block a confirmation vote in the Senate.

Numerous consumer groups have opposed Baroody’s nomination, as has the National Association of State Fire Marshals.