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Good news: Consumer safety protection coming back

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James Rosen and Gina Smith report for McClatchy:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday chose former South Carolina schools superintendent Inez Tenenbaum to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission and charged her with revitalizing a dormant federal agency.

Obama also named Robert Adler, a former commission aide who teaches business ethics and product safety at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, to one of the panel’s seats, which carry seven-year terms.

"We must do more to protect the American public — especially our nation’s children — from being harmed by unsafe products," Obama said. "I am confident that Inez and Bob have the commitment and expertise necessary to fill these roles and raise the standard of safety."

It was Obama’s second appointment of a South Carolinian to a key post in less than a week. On Thursday, he tapped Mignon Clyburn, a daughter of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, to sit on the Federal Communications Commission.

Sen. Jim DeMint, a Greenville Republican who defeated Tenenbaum in the 2004 election, promised in a phone talk between the two to help her gain Senate confirmation.

"I told her she had my full support, and I offered to shepherd her nomination through the (Senate) Commerce Committee," DeMint said. "Inez is a very capable person, and I know she will do a great job."…

Continue reading to see what a mess Tenenbaum will have to sort out.

Written by Leisureguy

6 May 2009 at 11:51 am

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