White House touts Commerce pick's Boeing experience

Carney said that Bryson's experience at those companies gave him an an "understanding of the intersection between government and business, which is very useful given his experience in government.

"And then obviously throwing in his work with nonprofits, it’s really an impressive package," he said. "And that’s what drove the President’s decision."

Critics of the lawsuit, in which the NLRB alleges Boeing to have retaliated against labor strikes by building a new plant in South Carolina, disagreed Tuesday. The conservative Workforce Fairness Institute said that Obama should decide if Boeing is a lawful company or not, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) promised the suit would come up in Bryson's confirmation hearings

The lawsuit was triggered when Boeing, which has been building 787 airplanes at its unionized plant near Seattle, announced plans to open a plant to build the planes in South Carolina.