01/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GM Turns Lutz Loose, Hopes "Straight Talk" Will Help

On Monday, the 76-year-old Mr. Lutz gave his first interviews since the Big Three's campaign for a bailout began, and he dispensed with the polite, analytical approach that his boss, Rick Wagoner, the chief executive, used during four rocky hearings before Congress.

In making Mr. Lutz available to the press, G.M. is clearly hoping that his straight talk will help convince lawmakers to approve a bridge loan to stave off bankruptcy, and help fend off mounting criticism of Mr. Wagoner.

Mr. Lutz objected to recent suggestions by Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, the chairman of the banking committee, and others that Mr. Wagoner should be replaced, saying that firing him would be a "serious step in the wrong direction."

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