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Local leaders surprised by Wagoner's comments

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Beth Wheelock
March 17, 2009
A statement by General Motors Chairman Rock Wagoner paints a dim picture of the automaker's future in Janesville.

Tim Cullen, co-chair of the GM Retention Task Force, says he's surprised by Wagoner's comments to reporters. He says GM didn't contact the governor's office, Congressman Paul Ryan's office or Senator Russ Feingold's office Tuesday. Cullen says he heard about the statement through the media, which contradicts a previous agreement with the company. For nine months, GM has asked the task force to communicate directly with them rather than through the media.


Cullen says the task force has zeroed in on getting GM to stay in Janesville, but there are a variety of other efforts to fund a new use for the plant. Efforts to bring jobs back to the building will continue, but Cullen says the jobs might not be GM jobs.


Cullen and task force co-chair Brad Dutcher are meeting with the governor Friday for a prescheduled meeting about the future of the plant.



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