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CATA, NADA run ads to defend dealers against forced closings

November 15, 2010

Full-page ads purchased by the CATA and the NADA in the May 13 editions of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times questioned the reasoning behind the looming "rejection" of countless Chrysler and GM dealerships.

Examples of both ads are included with this newsletter. The Daily Herald also supported dealers in a May 12 editorial.

After the ads appeared, CATA Chairman John Phelan was asked to appear on that day’s "Chicago Tonight" show. However, the appearance was scuttled when producers of the WTTW-TV program could not find a counterpoint to Phelan, to argue in favor of the dealership closings. Other Phelan interviews were broadcast on several Chicago and network television and radio stations.

Phelan said the Obama administration’s autos task force needs to recognize that the reduction of franchised new-car dealers only hurts local economies. It clearly does not help to remove job-intensive businesses.