Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is backing former General Electric CEO Jack Welch’s accusation that the Obama administration cooked the September jobs report numbers, saying he thinks “Chicago-style politics is at work here.”
“I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here,” West said on his Facebook page. “Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the presidential election.”
Shortly after the jobs report was released Friday morning showing the unemployment rate down to 7.8 percent — the lowest level since January 2009 when Obama took office — Welch tweeted, “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told CNBC Friday morning she was “insulted” by Welch’s accusation and called it “ludicrous.”
In his post, West noted that while the overall unemployment rate fell, the U-6 unemployment number — which includes the underemployed and those who have stopped looking for work — remained steady at 14.7 percent.
Calling the report “Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics,” West also up the White House’s initial response to the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
“Trust the Obama administration? Sure, and the spontaneous reaction to a video caused the death of our Ambassador……and pigs fly,” he wrote.