Critics: Bureau of Labor Statistics nominee linked to left-wing groups

 But Groshen’s chances have improved with support from other economists, including free-market specialists affiliated with the GOP.

“She’s a left-wing economist … but her public record is excellent — she hasn’t written anything weird,” said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

“She’s a very, very good economist and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her,” Furchtgott-Roth said, adding that “no-one could be more Republican than I am.”

She also said that no BLS commissioner could, by herself, skew the agency’s research or products. The BLS is “a vast bureaucracy with one person at the helm. … It’s just very difficult to change that vast group of technocrats,” she said.

Groshen could only have a minor impact on how monthly unemployment numbers are presented to the the public, Furchtgott-Roth said, adding that even that impact would be curbed by extensive rules that govern the language used in BLS monthly jobs reports.

Manning, however, wasn’t persuaded. “To place at the head of the bureau someone with a far-left record,” he told The Daily Caller, “has the potential to diminish the believability of the information that they produce.”

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