Juszkiewicz hasn't exactly been shy about this sort of thing since Gibson was raided by federal agents earlier this year, speaking at Tea Party rallies co-starring Rep. Marsha Blackburn and the like. (Not that he would talk to the Scene.) In any case, the WSJ does end up talking about the recent unpleasantness some:
The company and its CEO have long been active in conservation efforts—with the Rainforest Alliance, the Music Wood Coalition and other groups. Mr. Juszkiewicz still supports the Lacey Act, and keeps promoting sustainable resource practices in the industry. The fact that Gibson was singled out when other guitar makers use the same woods has fed speculation that the company was targeted—because it is not unionized, perhaps, or didn't donate enough to the Democratic Party.
I wonder where that "speculation" came from. Anti-government fringe groups, perhaps? No matter, I suppose. Later, Juszkiewicz says he doesn't think it's "political" that the guitar-loving, guitar-gifting Obamas who know about Gibson and own Gibson guitars themselves haven't gotten back to him:
"I don't think it's a political issue," Mr. Juszkiewicz says, shaking his head. "But I will say this: I wrote a letter to President Obama. I spelled out what happened. I said: You know, we got raided and here are the facts, I think it's unfair. What do you think we should do? No response."
Maybe the president is not a music lover? "He knows who we are," Mr. Juszkiewicz says. "His daughters have a couple of Gibsons. [Mrs. Obama] gave a guitar to [the French president's singer-songwriter wife] Mrs. Sarkozy. And we called up to make sure that he saw the letter, and he did. No response."