To the Editor:
Stephanie Grace writes (“Obama Gives Landrieu a Present“, Dec. 20, 2013) that Obama’s likely appointment of Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China will pave the way for Sen. Landrieu to become chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will help her in her bid for re-election in 2014. But did Ms. Grace ever think to ask “why?’ Obama would do this for someone who has consistently voted to help the oil and gas industry, against the administration’s wishes?
In the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel, quoting from an interview Landrieu gave to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, provides the answer to the question Ms. Grace never thought to ask. Landrieu tells the Picayune that she is the oil and gas industry’s “fiercest advocate.” She claims to support the Keystone pipeline, to oppose higher taxes on the industry, and fights to rein in EPA regulations. She claims she intends to expand oil and gas production and to speed up royalty payments to the state.
Unfortunately, her actions belie her words. According to the Journal, Landrieu’s political action committee, Jazz Pac, has at her direction contributed nearly $400,000.00 to Democrat senatorial campaigns whose candidates are “some of the most ardent political opponents of the oil and gas industry”, whose votes “easily cancel out Ms. Landrieu’s votes and guarantee the defeat of legislation designed to help Louisiana.”
To do this, Landrieu has accepted contributions from the likes of Sunoco, Murphy Oil, and other large energy companies with substantial presence in Louisiana. This money then goes out the back door to the campaigns of senators who represent the anti-energy wing of the Democrat Party. These senators routinely vote to undermine Louisiana oil and gas, upon which thousand of jobs and millions of dollars depend in this state.
So Mary is telling us here at home that she’s working in our best interest and turning right around and betraying the state by giving oil company contributions to those who will vote to destroy those very same companies, and by extension hurt the state’s economy and degrade the lives of its people. This is the worst sort of cynical political insult, and should be rewarded with retirement for Mary in 2014.
Ask questions next time. We your readers deserve at least that much.
Baton Rouge, LA