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Nan Hayworth backs BP apologist and Big Oil

Nan Hayworth backs BP apologist and Big Oil

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Nan Hayworth backs BP apologist and Big Oil
Yesterday, Representative John Hall (NY-19) called on his Republican challenger, Nan Hayworth, to denounceclaims made by GOP leaders of an Obama Administration "shake down" of oil giant BP.Hall specifically asked his opponent to denounce comments made by Republican Congressman Tom Price, amajor political ally of Hayworth's. But Hayworth won't budge, and is, in fact, now echoing Price's infamous press release, where the GOP leader rants that the administration is extorting BP and using the crisis to tofurther its "liberal agenda." Is this where Hayworth begins to show her true colors, as an advocate of bigcorporate interests over the pressing needs of hard-working taxpayers in her district? It seems so.GOP Representatives Joe Barton and Price, both big backers of Big Oil, stood in BP's defense, when theyadmonished the Obama Administration for making BP put $20 billion in an escrow account to help pay for damages resulting the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe. The escrow account would protect American taxpayers from paying for the disaster.During Thursday's Energy and Commerce Committee hearing of BP CEO Tony Hayward, Barton, who is theranking Republican on the committee, called Obama's demand of an escrow account "an embarrassment" and a"shakedown." He continued by personally apologizing to BP's Hayward.Rep. Price's comments followed in a press release and were even worse than Barton's. While it didn't have thenews-bite worthiness of his colleague's video rant, Price's press releaserevealed the Congressman's blinddeference to Big Oil:
Despite the American public being aghast by the revealing words of Barton and Price, Hayworth has chosen to side withher slick buddies on the Beltway and with Big Oil. In doing so, Hayworth is standing against the hard-working taxpayersof the 19th Congressional district by refusing to admonish the dirty duo over their deference to BP. She even has thenerve to join in the sickening chorus. In herWordPress blog, Hayworth writes:
If you read Price's press release, perhaps the biggest softball in it was the rehashing of the word "shakedown,"so I question if Hayworth even bothered to read the release.If she did, she would have noticed that it was nothing but a partisan screed and a wild accusation that theadministration's reaction to this crisis only serves its agenda. Even despite the use of words like "shakedown," itstill is nothing more than a series of dog-whistle messages that admonish the President for rightfully using hisoffice to take action and trying to control the situation. Price's release is nothing but an oil lobby-infuseddefense of BP that opposes any government efforts to hold BP accountable for their economic andenvironmental devastation of the Gulf.It's no wonder that Hayworth has come to the defense of this BP apologist as her connection to Price is notable.Rep. Price has been extremely helpful to Hayworth's campaign, including headlining her most recent fundraiser.John Hall's campaign manager Patrick McGarrity agrees and takes the gloves off in a press release:
Hayworth has consistently repeated GOP talking points on offshore drilling in the past and has not backed down on withher ultra-corporatist stance, even 60-plus days after America's greatest environmental disaster. In Cheney-esquelockstep, hercampaign websitestill touts the virtues of offshore drilling:
Sure, and that's why all the king's horses can't put Humpty-Dumpty back together again, right Nan?
 
Hayworth's energy ideas are nothing but echoes of spoon-fed talking points from the oil lobby. Hayworth begins talking like an environmentalist and mentions conservation and fossil fuel substitutes, but then shemakes a severe right turn and gushes over increased offshore drilling as a major part of her comprehensiveenergy beliefs.Hayworth's thoughts on energy sound remarkably like those BP "Beyond Petroleum" commercials that wereubiquitous on television until two months ago. They demonstrate that she has no political independencewhatsoever, in regards to creating an energy policy. This embarassment of a GOP candidate is only parrotingtired Republican talking points that pay lip-service to alternative energies, while really touting the wishes and paying homage to Big Oil.Moreover, Hayworth's refusal to budge on this issue would be shameful even had this catastrophe not occurred.But in light of recent events, Hayworth's support of a BP apologist reveals a tragic fault of her campaign. Shedoes not think independently, she is not considerate of taxpayers, and she will not stand up against leaders inher party.BP's reported willingness to go along with the White House's new fund suggests that the Obama Administrationis hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics.These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration'sdrive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better.
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 Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) is right to be skeptical regarding the Administration's methods and intentions in its recentapproach to BP, strong words like "shakedown" notwithstanding.
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 Congressmen Price and Barton have decided to stand with BP and against taxpayers- letting BP off the hook and stickingAmericans with the bill. New Yorkers have a right to know - does Nan Hayworth stand with Congressmen Price, Barton,and BP, or with the American people?
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