“We have anemic growth at best,” says former Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne about the snail-like pace of the U.S. economy. Lamontagne hosted a media conference call today to address the Obama administration’s regulatory war on job creators, currently being fought through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Specifically, Lamontagne spoke about the job-killing actions of the NLRB in regards to a proposed Boeing plant, and the current standoff between Democratic Gov. John Lynch and the Republican state legislature over right-to-work legislation in New Hampshire.
The NLRB recently filed a complaint against Boeing concerning their decision to move a proposed plant to build their 787 Dreamliner aircraft from Washington, where they were contending with outlandish union demands, to South Carolina, a right-to-work state. The NLRB claimed Boeing’s decision to move the plant was in retaliation to union strikes at the Washington location. However Boeing has a history of reacting to strikes by actually increasing union employee counts – they added 2,000 employees to the Washington plant. Lamontagne pointed out that the NLRB’s complaint was clearly geared towards pushing projects away from right-to-work states, which greatly exceeds the Board’s scope of authority.
Lamontagne expressed frustration with what he characterized as the efforts by the Obama administration to legislate through regulatory agencies like the NLRB. “The NLRB should not be acting as a rogue agency,” he said, and went on to accuse the Obama administration of suffocating the job market: “The private sector is where jobs are created, and market factors should dictate business strategy; the government should not dictate them.”
During the call Lamontagne pledged to use his voice to the relay the message on the congressional level that voters want the NLRB to be reigned in and stop dictating private business decisions. Lamontagne emphasized the importance of the 2012 presidential election to reign in the NLRB and other regulatory agencies overstepping their authority, stating that putting a conservative in the White House is the surest way of rolling back these abuses of power.
Lamontagne, who lost narrowly to Kelly Ayotte in a 2010 U.S. Senate primary, has remained an influential figure in Granite State politics, launching a PAC and hosting a series of events with presidential candidates.