Tim Keating, Boeing’s chief political operator in the halls of Congress, this week is frequenting the company chalet at the Farnborough Air Show and the related aviation industry dinners and receptions in central London.
He’s offering reassurance to Boeing’s foreign airline customers, some of whom are worried that the controversy in Congress around the Export-Import Bank could end the financing they need to buy jets. And he’s hosting the many U.S. political delegations here as part of Boeing’s intense lobbying effort to save the bank, whose authority to operate expires in September.
In an interview at the Air Show, Keating sharply blamed the Tea Party movement within the Republican party for the current impasse.
His message to the visiting U.S. politicians is to listen to their own stump speeches, where a constant refrain is: “We want to grow jobs in the U.S. We want to grow manufacturing in the U.S.”
“We are what America should be: manufactured here and sold overseas,” Keating said of Boeing.
He warned that killing the Ex-Im Bank “is a policy that would actually punish companies that choose to build in the United States.”More