***PRESS RELEASE*** Rohrabacher Champions Small Business, Visits Local Dealer
Huntington Beach, Sep 4, 2008 - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California’s 46th District paid a visit to Norm Reeves Honda Superstore: Huntington Beach Tuesday as part of the American International Automobile Dealers Associations’ (AIADA) Dealer Visit program. The program functions to connect dealers and dealership employees with their legislators while highlighting the fact that international nameplate automobile franchises are a vital source of well-paying, stable jobs for America’s communities.
Congressman Rohrabacher, who is currently serving his ninth term in Congress, was met at the Honda dealership by the general manager, Paul Conant. Paul owns the store with his partner, Dave Conant, as part of the Conant Auto Retail Group. The Conant family is well known in Southern California for their civic involvement and commitment to customer service.
Before touring the store, Congressman Rohrabacher took time to chat with dealership employees in a town-hall style meeting. A dedicated surfer, the Congressman talked about his love of the Huntington Beach community, before turning to more serious subjects, including offshore drilling, the economy, arbitration, and taxes.
“Representative Rohrabacher has a sincere interest in the automotive retail industry,” said Paul Conant, adding that he and his employees felt fortunate to have a champion of small business representing them in Washington.
The Congressman was impressed by the dealership’s facilities and was particularly interested in how the Conant stores are faring in the current economic environment. He went on to make a point of stressing his accessibility as a legislator to all the employees in attendance, and all other people of his district, for whom he serves in Congress. “My office is just around the corner, right above Jack’s Surf Shop,” he told them. “If you or your family ever needs anything, you can come right into the office and talk to my staff.”