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Once again we use a credit union publication to promote an individual because Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is on the right committee in the Senate (CU Times, March 25, page 14, Quotes Worth Quoting). Even though that individual has made comments that were extremely disturbing to many people, no one wants to call him out and confront him on his statements. He can say whatever he wishes and then the credit union industry opens their collective arms and says every thing is OK, we don’t care what you say and as an industry we are more than willing to prostitute ourselves because you are on the right committee.Well, I don’t work in the credit union industry, I work in the credit union movement and am proud of it. I think it was disgusting what Grassley said about the AIG employees. He had no right to make the statements he did and does not have the integrity to admit that he was wrong. Furthermore, I strongly believe that he said exactly what he meant to say and is trying to cover it up with [lame] apologies.His office has ignored repeated inquires and request for an apology. Therefore, he does not believe an apology is needed. So he must believe that the statements were OK and should be accepted at face value.It is my position that the credit union movement, as well as the credit union industry, should publicly denounce Grassley and withdraw all support for him now and any re-election bid in the future. If we have to support this type of individual, then our chosen field of endeavor is not worth much.

Peter Westerman

Credit Union Times

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