Back on Tippy-Toe, to See If the Coast Is Clear
October 22, 2007
Five Governors Urge "Unbiased" Decision on Tanker
Filed at 5:06 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five southern U.S. governors urged President George W. Bush to keep politics out of a $40 billion Air Force tanker competition that will create thousands of jobs for the winning bidder.
Boeing Co is competing against Northrop Grumman Corp and its partner EADS to build a new fleet of mid-air refueling airplanes.
Boeing is heavily backed by lawmakers in Washington state. Hispanic and labor groups last week urged the U.S. government to pick Boeing, arguing that a Boeing contract would result in far more jobs for U.S. workers.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it a previous Air Force-Boeing lease deal that landed two Boeing officials in jail and forced then-Air Force Secretary James Roche to resign? Jimmy-boy, we hardly knew ye.
Not all that long ago either, as I recall. Don Rumsfeld probably remember…