I believe in the American Dream, even if recent months have eroded my confidence.
Soon after I participated in the economic summit held at Delaware Valley College this spring, I was energized to get more closely involved in efforts to protect our industry, our company, our employees and our customers from forced dealership closures. Not only do the 40 employees at our Limerick Buick Pontiac GMC dealership face the loss of their jobs; thousands of other dealership jobs across the country are in jeopardy. I never imagined a scenario where the federal government would offer funding to a private corporation so it could summarily eliminate jobs and put other private companies out of business.
Through State Representative Marguerite Quinn, we’ve made personal contact with Congressman Patrick Murphy and Senator Arlen Specter and have earned their support in pleading with General Motors executives and for legislative efforts to get answers and correct inequities foisted on all dealerships. We’ve also gained the support of nearly all the Southeastern PA Congressional Delegation, including Senator Bob Casey and Representatives Joe Sestak, Jim Gerlach, Todd Platts and Allyson Schwartz. Their bipartisan support of legislation to return dealers’ contract law rights to us has been encouraging.