Former GM vice chairman and outspoken Chevrolet Volt advocate Bob Lutz is endorsing Mitt Romney despite his condemnation of the auto industry bailouts.
Lutz declared his support during a Wednesday appearance on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report. Given his republican background it wouldn’t come as a surprise that the former marine would take that path were it not for his steadfast support for GM’s controversial first venture into electric vehicles.
Often referred to as the “Obamacar” in bloodthirsty right-wing powwows, it didn’t take long for Fox News and others of its ilk to leap on the Volt like pirañas stripping a cow. Romney wasn’t above making a few remarks in that direction while it was fashionable, nor was he subtle about his opinion of the auto industry bailout.
In 2008 he published an op-ed piece in the New York Times called “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” something Lutz seems to be looking past for now. That wasn’t the case at the time, though. At that point, the GM exec blasted Romney for suggesting the car companies didn’t explore other options.
The impending reality of a two-term Obama government is pressing forward, and as November creeps ever closer the two have set their squabbles aside. Romney has pledged to dispatch the U.S. Treasury’s stake in GM quickly if elected and Lutz is making it clear that all is forgiven for the chance to oust Obama.