Daniel McCoy Wichita Business Journal
Wichita's Mayor Brewer Vows to Keep Fighting for Aviation Industry
October 8, 2012
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  • By Daniel McCoy

    Last week, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer got an email during the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney.

    It wasn’t a note seeking his opinion on how the debate was playing out, but one asking his help in fighting perceived negative rhetoric from the president regarding the general aviation industry.

    The email’s sender was former Cessna Aircraft Co. CEO Jack Pelton, who implored Brewer to spread the word about the importance of the industry to his fellow Democrats.

    On Monday, Brewer responded by saying he has done — and will continue to do — exactly that.

    Brewer, in a letter to Pelton, referenced previous letters he has sent President Obama asking him to come to Wichita and see the industry and its workers firsthand.

    Those invitations, so far, have gone unanswered.

    But, Brewer told Pelton, that won’t stop him from continuing to press the importance of the industry to the White House.

    “Aviation is vital to the nation’s economy and to the president’s goal of doubling exports,” Brewer wrote. “Going forward, I will continue to defend the aviation industry, and will make every effort to take our message to the president.”