Obama appointment would mean GOP majority on USPS Board

Mickey Barnett

President Obama yesterday announced that he was nominating USPS Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett for another term as Governor. Barnett is a lobbyist and Republican Party boss in New Mexico. His main claim to fame was his role in attempting to get courts to award New Mexico’s electoral votes to George W. Bush in the disputed 2000 presidential election. Bush later appointed him to the BOG.

If Barnett and the other pending nominees are confirmed, it will leave the BOG with a 5-4 GOP majority. By law, no more than 5 of the appointed members of the Board may belong to the same party. The Postmaster General, who has increasingly allied himself with Republican politicians like Darrell Issa, is also a member of the Board, as is Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman, a former Democratic Party congressional staffer.

Here is the White House announcement:

Mickey D. Barnett, Nominee for Governor, Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service

Mickey D. Barnett is Managing Partner of the Barnett Law Firm.  Previously, he served in the New Mexico State Senate from 1980 to 1984.   Earlier in his career, he served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Pete Domenici from 1972 to 1976.  Mr. Barnett was first appointed to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service in 2006.  He was a member of the Republican National Committee from 2000 to 2004 and a member of the Appellate Nominating Committee for the New Mexico Supreme Court of Appeals from 1995 to 2002.  He has been a member of both the Federalist Society and the Christian Legal Society for more than 20 years.  Mr. Barnett received a B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and a J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center.

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  • bill

    This could bode will for Megan Brennan over Ron Stroman to succeed Pat Donahoe when he retires.

  • sinatra

    What a Waste of Money &Power; and they don’t work the mail
    : “AS LONG AS I CAN
    REMEMBER, THE POSTAL SERVICE AND ITS EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN UNDER ATTACK. For the last 3 decades, our
    enemies have mounted a relentless, never –ending assault on our wages, benefits
    and, indeed, our very existence. Our enemies are a ruthless, despicable lot who
    will stop at nothing to achieve their goal, which is the decimation,
    dismantling and privatization of the USPS. Their vision includes an army of
    low-paid workers with no benefits and no collective bargaining.

    Our enemies look at
    us and see the largest civilian union workforce in the country. And make no
    mistake, our enemies Hates union. They hate unions because we are the last
    obstacle that stands in their way of the ultimate goal, which is to end
    democracy and turn this country into an oligarchy; where the greedy rule and
    the masses work to serve their masters.

    You really have to
    be blind to not see what has been going on in this country for the last 30-40
    years. Economic inequality didn’t just happen, it was engineered. Our enemies
    have a blueprint, a master plan for the total destruction of any semblance of a
    middle class. Their Media have poisoned the national discourse. Instead of
    blaming the real culprits, our enemies have us blaming the poor, the elderly,
    the unemployed and the unions. They did a fantastic job because they were even
    successful in pitting union members against each other (see scabs). People who should know
    better have bought into the wretched, maggot-infested mindset perpetrated by
    our enemies.

    The enemies of the
    Postal Service are the same group who hates organized labor. Their plan is to
    knock us off one at a time. Their plan is to finance and elect union-hating
    representatives who will pass legislation that will away and weaken the
    foundation of the labor movement (see turncoat democrat Sen. Carper(De.);
    co-author of the Carper-Coburn bill, Sen.Lieberman(Ct.); etc. )

    To counter this
    onslaught, the American worker must become politically active and vote for
    economic justice and not succumb to the hate and fear tactics our enemies use
    to divide us. What we do in November will determine the future of the middle
    class”.
    PRES. ROLANDO is a paper tiger. PICKET; those who stand in our way. THE FIGHTERS FROM THE 1970 STRIKE : THE MEMBERSHIP OVERTURNED THE WILL OF THE NATIONAL OFFICIALS. THEY USED PETITIONS ;that didn’t work .National doesn’t want to listen; they will reap the whirlwind. Active Retired Letter Carrier-NYC

  • sinatra

    Maybe a Direct Marketers connection (anti-union; & want privatization). They’re lobby money has made Sen, Carper a turn-coat Democrat. Would not surprise me.
    Retired Letter Carrier