GOP Presidential Primary

Romney ad: Obama appointees to NLRB are ‘union stooges’

Mitt Romney is calling President Obama’s appointees to the labor board “union stooges” who practice un-American political playback, in a new ad his campaign is airing in South Carolina.

The release of the 30-second television ad comes the day after Obama installed three new members of the National Labor Relations Board, appointing them while the Senate was in recess to sidestep Republican opposition.

{mosads}A day earlier, Romney claimed victory in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, but his razor-thin margin raised prospects that the nomination fight will carry on in earnest past New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday and into South Carolina, where Republicans will vote on Jan. 20.

“The National Labor Relations Board, now stacked with union stooges selected by the president, says to a free enterprise like Boeing, ‘You can’t build a factory in South Carolina because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.’ That is simply un-American,” Romney says in the ad. “It is political payback of the worst kind.”

Republicans have lambasted Obama and the labor panel for trying to block Boeing from building in South Carolina, a decision the panel said was made because of contract disputes with union employees in Washington state. The scrape was dropped last month after Boeing reached a contract agreement with the union.

“You’re seeing a president adopt policies which affect our economy based not upon what’s right for the American worker but instead what’s right for their politics,” Romney says.

Watch the ad:

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