I’m not smart enough know whether bailing out the auto industry is the right move for America, but I do know one thing: if I had just participated in scuttling it, I wouldn’t be making a beeline for a public appearance in Michigan. I guess that’s just one of the many points upon which Jim Bunning and I differ:
He may be losing his marbles, but U.S. senator and ex-Tiger pitching great Jim Bunning still has big brass cojones.
After all, most of the GOP senators conspiring to kill a House rescue package for Detroit’s auto companies wouldn’t have the guts to set foot in Michigan this week, much less hawk their autographs to beleaguered Michiganders at $55 a pop.
But Hall of Famer Bunning — a vocal opponent of the auto loans — will do both of those things Sunday when he journeys to the deepest heart of UAW country.
He’ll sign baseballs ($35), posters ($45) and jerseys or gloves ($55) from noon to 2 p.m. at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor . . .
. . . Taylor Mayor Cameron Priebe, who said he’d written Bunning a personal note imploring him to reconsider his opposition to the auto rescue package, was stunned when I told him Bunning would be in town to sell his signature.
“I doubt he’ll have many takers at $35,” Priebe said. “But as soon as I get off the phone with you, I’m going to call the UAW and see if I can’t arrange for 5,000 of his biggest fans to be there when he arrives.”
It’s been nice knowin’ ya, Jim.
(thanks to Neate Sager for the link)