Businessman David McCormick, a potential leading candidate in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat, is drawing heat over the layoffs of 50 Pittsburgh workers by a firm he ran in January 2003.
The online auction service FreeMarkets Inc, which McCormick led as president from 2001 and as CEO from 2002, made the cuts weeks before McCormick visited India in February 2003 and announced 100 job openings in New Delhi.
McCormick’s foes call it outsourcing. His friends call it realigning company operations. But the layoffs are an early flashpoint in a wide-open Republican race whose field includes businesswoman and former Trump ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands — and potentially Oprah Winfrey protégé Dr. Oz.
“McCormick made his fortune by destroying