Michael George’s Newt Connection

As most Lean Six Sigma professionals who are paying attention know by now, Newt Gingrich is a fan of Lean Six Sigma for government and the web site Strong America Now, which promotes the concept. It turns out that he has more than 200,000 reasons to like it. Newt and Michael George

George’s Super-PAC knows how to play political hardball. The one GOP candidate who declined George’s repeated invitations to sign “the Lean Six Sigma Pledge,” Mitt Romney, became the prime target of Strong America Now’s attack ads. “War it was to be,” said George. And war it was. For example, Strong America Now spent $40,552 in an Iowa campaign mailer in late December which branded Romney as “the second-most dangerous man in America.” (After Barack Obama.) George makes it clear that the Super-PAC is a strong-arm tactic to get Romney to sign the pledge. “I’d kill the super-PAC tomorrow,” if he signed, says George.

Perhaps Business Week is a bit unfair with it’s bottom line summary: Newt Gingrich regularly touts Lean Six Sigma, a management strategy created by a rich donor who started a super-PAC to support him. After all, Newt professed to be a fan before the Super-PAC was formed. And Newt took a Lean Six Sigma Class in the 1990s as a Congressman. Still, the level of interest being shown by Newt in Lean Six Sigma is probably not entirely because of its promise to streamline government.

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