By Brendan Sasso - 09/07/11 06:34 PM EDT
Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitar, will attend President Obama's address to Congress on Thursday as a guest of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced in a tweet that he will host the Gibson CEO in the Speaker's box.
Federal agents raided Gibson factories in Tennessee last month as part an investigation into whether its wood was illegally imported from India. The company has sought to tap into anti-government sentiment as it tries to rally public support to its side.
On Twitter, the company uses the hashtag "ThisWillNotStand" for posts about the investigation, and Juszkiewicz has appeared on several conservative radio shows to discuss what he describes as bullying by the federal government.
“Gibson Guitar is at the heart of this jobs debate, and is an example of exactly why President Obama has it wrong when it comes to getting our economy back on track," Blackburn said in a statement. "Big government doesn’t create jobs, small businesses like Gibson Guitar do.”
—Updated at 6:17 p.m.