U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Wednesday responded to an ethics complaint filed against him by the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
The IAM is the union which filed the initial complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing Boeing of acting illegally in building a second 787 Dreamliner assembly line in North Charleston. The complaint accuses Graham of interfering with a federal agency’s functions.
Graham appeared on FOX News Wednesday, saying he would not back down:
This is an effort to intimidate me, to shut me up and it’s not going to work. I’m standing up for the ability of South Carolina to build Boeing Airplanes, and the union complaint against Boeing is frivolous.
Graham says he does not appreciate people questioning his ethics.
I want us to do well in South Carolina and Washington. I am not going to stop fighting this complaint. I have done nothing wrong. If this complaint is successful you would have destroyed the ability of American manufacturers to create jobs in this country.
The unions complaint against Graham is that he is pressuring the NLRB to drop the suit.
What they’re complaining of and what they’re asking for is outrageous. The complaint against me and Boeing both are politically motivated. It’s not going to work with me, and it’s not going to work with Boeing.