Automotive News is reporting a serious backlash from car dealers regarding the North American Dealers Association's choice of keynote speaker for the annual industry confab in January: former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

AN spoke to one dealer that not only cancelled his trip to the NADA conference, but revoked his dealership's membership outright over the association with Clinton. In defense of its choice, NADA Chairman David Westcott argued that the dealer advocate wanted "somebody well-known, with a name – a draw."

Still, NADA members aren't pleased with the choice, with dealers delivering a barrage of angry messages since Clinton's selection, according to Automotive News. Some of the angry messages relate to the former secretary of state's politics, no doubt, but some might just be upset about the expense of such a big-name speaker – AN cited media reports that Clinton commands about $200,000 per speech.

NADA isn't backing down, though, with its president, Peter Welch, delivering a level-headed response to AN's inquiry about the choice: "Our job is to provide our members with exposure to all facets of business and government that can affect their dealerships. Like her or not, Senator Clinton is perhaps the most prominent woman of modern times."


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      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      People who believe politics isn't a foregone conclusion = People who believe WWE is real fighting. :-P
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluepongo1
        I guess those who are so easily factionalized by entertainment: politics, sports, invisible sky wizards, product branding & other fictional tribalisims would have never been productive & fully developed individuals anyway. ;-)
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bad choice. I say boycott the convention and give Peter Welch his walking papers. Peter Welch's comment is an affront to all the truly outstanding women who have made a meaningful difference in America and women everywhere. I guess we know who Peter is backing in 2016, lets hope he gets this fixed ASAP.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I SAW GOODIE PROCTOR WITH THE DEVIL!!!! Same emotional hysteria. Same lack of foundation is reality.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      LMAO at all the comments from right-wingers. If you think that "Benghazi," where 3 soldiers died, is the worst thing to ever happen, yet you give a pass to the Bush Administration that sent thousands of soldiers to die in Iraq for no reason, then you simply lack the capacity to reason. There is simply no comparison; they are orders of magnitude apart.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Thank you.
        l5kream
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Who's really getting the pass now, Bush or Obama? Nobody said Benghazi was the worst thing ever. Stop playing politics. If you want to believe the Iraq war was wrong, fine. Bush was president at that time, but he isn't president anymore, and what happened in Iraq doesn't change the reality of Benghazi. What do we do about the people in power NOW that tried to hide what happened in Benghazi to keep themselves in power?
        rtttack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Yes, comments from the right-wingers. If this were Bush speaking at this NADA conference, the comment section would be flooded by left-wingers calling for his head about the Iraq war. This is politics, just get over it. How bad Iraq was should not make Benghazi something we should ignore, but people still have selective outrage. If the guy we don't like does something wrong, it's always a problem. If the the guy we like does something wrong, we start talking about what the other guy did wrong.
        Coop
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        More soldiers dead under Barry's watch. You know, they guy with the undeserved Nobel Peace Prize whom has us engaged in more conflicts than his predecessor. Oh that's right, he inherited a mess. Firemen inherit messes too, but they don't pour gas on them.
        teh_4rd_humper_deep_sheman
        @ferps
        What pass? We're still talking about what's wrong with Bush 13 years after he was elected in 2000, for Christ's sake. What the hell's even going on now?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a lot of FOX brainwashed idiots in here. Still going on and on about Benghazi like it was some kind of conspiracy. A bunch of terrorist managed to kill 4 americans. So WHAT? It is not like that is the first time or the last time that has happened. Get a life.
        l5kream
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        4 Americans were killed! What do you mean "so what"? Go to hell!
          Erik Baran
          • 1 Year Ago
          @l5kream
          And how many died at diplomatic posts during the Shrubs terms in office? How many died on 9/11? How many died in Iraq and Afghanistan? You want someone to go to hell you're looking in the wrong direction. Oh, and remember Lebanon during St. Ronnie's time in office? Probably not, since you most likely weren't born yet. Almost 300 died in ONE incident. Did the right react with such venom to any of these mass deaths? I'll assume you're smart and can guess the answer to that one. No, sir, it's you and your ilk that can burn for all eternity.
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        Justin Campanale
        • 1 Year Ago
        All your Benghazi conspiracy theories, debunked. http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/05/08/1982151/witnesses-debunk-benghazi/ Let's not forget the 13 attacks on embassies during Bush's term, with almost 100 dead. http://goo.gl/j8LBZQ No outrage, conspiracy theories, or day-and-night Fox News coverage? Hmmm.....I wonder.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          you lost any credibility with posting of thinkprogress.
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          @ justin: Do you have any links to those Tobacco Institute studies debunking those stupid rumors about cigarette smoking being unhealthy?
        rc_car_nut
        • 1 Year Ago
        And you have proof of this?? Another BS know it all....
        WHO
        • 1 Year Ago
        OMeffingGOD, You used a "thinkprogressive" site to debunk Bengazi. That's the funniest damn thing I think I've heard in years.
      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I learned when I was a new car dealer that most are a bunch of hypocrites. I was one of the probably 5% of dealers that were Democrats. why do I feel they're hypocrites? I was a Dodge dealer from 1983-1993. when I started, Chrysler had just gotten the loan guarantees from the government. please bear in mind, contrary to right winger revisionist history, these were NOT government loans. Saint Ronald Reagan HATED Lee Iacocca's guts, and was livid that Iacocca got his way. and who did all the dealers vote for in 1984? Reagan. he gave us "Reaganomics", which had the prime interest rate at OVER 18% interest in 1984. I can remember writing auto contracts for people with excellent credit at 19% interest. can anyone imagine that now? can you imagine having a mortgage at 19%? fast forward to 2009. President Obama steps forward to save Chrysler and GM. his hunch was correct, and we had the biggest turnaround of the auto industry in history. GM and Chrysler are in better financial shape then they've been in 40 years. and who did they vote for in 2012? Romney. the guy who wanted Detroit to fail. don't worry, Hillary. the ones that are coming don't matter, anyway.
        west
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        You are wasting your words on people who only know how to react emotionally rather than learn how the world works.
        WHO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        reattadudes, So many untruths in your statement, but I'll stop you where you said Obama steps forward to save Chrysler and GM. George Bush stepped forward to save them, then when Obammy was put in position, all he did was handover tons of cash to the UAW, ignoring proper bankruptcy proceedings.
      nd4spdsrt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This witch should be in prison for life for murder. Benghazi - I will not forget.
        6thGear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nd4spdsrt
        I bet you conveniently forgot the soldiers lost and maimed in Iraq....
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nd4spdsrt
        .....and you should be in school,...........4th grade.
        Erik Baran
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nd4spdsrt
        Will you forget Lebanon,1983? How about the 60 people who died at US diplomatic posts during the Shrub's years in office, not to mention the thousands on 9/11; are you forgetting them? How about the tens of thousands that died during the war based on lies in Iraq? You have a very selective memory.
      WHO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hillary's next speech should be to the VICTIMS and AMERICANS that died because SHE refused to send the support to Bengazi that the Ambassador had been requestion for months. Hitlary can tell the victim's families. "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE"
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      NADA ANNOUNCEMENT: Because of the complaints we have received from our attendees we have decided to replace Hillary Clinton with Mitt Romney. While Mrs. Clinton is an intelligent, hard working, accomplished woman, those are not the skills we need to run our dealerships. Mitt Romney has agreed to share the long guarded secrets of his successful business empire: - How to outsource jobs to China - How to deceive and cheat your customers - How to make people work at minimum wages with no benefits - How to steal retirement money of your employees - How to hide that money in secret offshore bank accounts - How to pay zero taxes for ten years and get away with it The attendees will also get a free copy or Mr. Romney's new book "How I ran a losing campaign but still made millions of dollars for me and my buddies"
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        You are right "Mitt the Snit" would tell us how to send our money out of the country to avoid taxes. There are lots of FOX idiots in this nation that voted for that fraud.
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Renaurd
          @Renaurd: LOL, you would have gotten extra points if you worked in the phrase "Bush's fault" and any one of "shrub", "chimpy McHallibutron", or "Dick Cheney and his henchmen". You and Knightrider_6 (a.k.a GOP_Hates_America) need to get a room.
          Eco-Dork
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Renaurd
          A real fraud says he wants to kill the Patriot act, then secretly expands it to attack political enemies. Stealing money? Tell that to all the kids that are going by stuck with Obama's 8 trillion dollar bill. LOL
        AlexMcyDee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Hey rocketscientist, why don't you look up the real facts instead of puking up bs lies from community activist parasites.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      She is a lawyer, not a business leader and therefore should not be speaking. That makes as much sense as having a community organizer as President.
      WHO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oops, the survivors are beginning to speak. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/07/69183-while-obama-and-hillary-slept-injured-benghazi-hero-david-ubben-left-on-rooftop-for-20-hours/ "what difference does it make" A lot!
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