(CNN) – A trio of mayors whose cities have been hit hard by the troubles of General Motors said Sunday that they were happy the federal government had intervened. But they also faulted politicians in Washington for the partisan bickering over supporting the struggling auto industry.
“Well, certainly somebody had to do something,” Mayor Michael Brown of Flint, Michigan told CNN’s John King.
“This isn’t just about the auto industry,” added Brown, “the credit markets dried up. We’ve got a housing industry in crisis and certainly the federal government had to do something here ... Obviously, we want GM to be running their own business as we go forward but I think there was no alternative at this point in time as far as I’m concerned.”
Wilmington, Delaware Mayor James Baker agreed with Brown but took issue with the constant fighting in Washington over helping the auto industry.
“What we’re seeing is just a stack of cards or a domino effect where things have just gone awry,” Baker said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “And we’re all suffering, we’re all trying to deal with loss of revenues. I mean, it was just like our revenues went off the cliff.”
“I know there’s people that don’t want to see the government involved,” Baker continued. “And you get the dumb argument down there in Washington about the conservatives and the liberals. Who needs it? We need the country working together on our problems.”
“I’ve got to agree with both my colleagues here,” Mayor Michael Dinwiddie of Spring Hill, Tennessee told King. “I don’t think this is a Republican issue or a Democrat issue . I think the worst thing that we could possibly do is turn this into a political battle. This is an American issue. . . . This is a nationwide issue. I think that we need to do everything possible to come together and solve these issues now.”
All three men run cities who have been adversely impacted by the closure or possible closure of GM manufacturing plants as the once-great auto giant restructures in bankruptcy with substantial assistance from the Obama administration.