In Louisiana, we understand the importance of energy to our economy. Even during the Obama administration’s relentless attack on energy producing businesses, the industry has found ways to grow our economy and create jobs. Unfortunately for Louisiana, Harry Reid’s Senate has been a rubber stamp for President Obama’s anti energy agenda. Although Sen. Mary Landrieu claims to protect the industry, her past political contributions tell a different story.
In 2009, Mary Landrieu donated $10,000 to re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Under Harry Reid’s control, dozens of energy bills passed by the House of Representatives have died in the Senate. Given this fact, it is unlikely the Senate will move forward any bill beneficial to our economy, regardless of who chairs Harry Reid’s committees.
Just last election cycle, Sen. Landrieu spent $10,000 supporting Sen. Bob Menendez. Sen. Menendez was the lead sponsor of legislation that would repeal $24 billion in tax incentives for oil and gas companies. Sen. Landrieu also donated $7,000 to Sen. Barbara Boxer. According to Fox News in 2010, “Barbara Boxer has chosen to fight for cap-and-trade legislation under the auspices that somehow raising energy prices and costing America jobs will make us safer.” Of the 39 Senate Democrats who voted for cap-and-trade, Landrieu’s PAC has contributed to 30 of them.
Of all her many donations, one that especially sticks out is a $3,000 donation to Sen. Jeff Bingaman. In a radio interview, Sen. Landrieu said the reason that she couldn’t pursue critical revenue sharing legislation was Sen. Jeff Bingaman. She said, “I literally had to wait until Jeff Bingaman was no longer a senator.” Sen. Bingaman was a huge road block to Louisiana getting our fair share of our oil revenue, yet Sen. Landrieu made generous contributions to his campaign.
Over and over again, Mary Landrieu has made a habit of supporting liberal politicians who consistently play for the anti-energy team. Daily, they fight to take jobs away from Louisiana workers and harm our vibrant oil and natural gas economy. Sen. Landrieu chose her team and she’s been a key ally of President Obama’s liberal agenda for many years. While her position on the field may change, Sen. Landrieu will still be responsible for implementing the game plan of the Obama-Reid team.
When we examine the facts, Sen. Landrieu is not the advocate for Louisiana oil and gas that she claims to be. In Louisiana, we understand the devastating impact of President Obama’s moratorium on Gulf oil production. Even since then, Sen. Landrieu has voted with President Obama more that 95 percent of the time. Louisiana doesn’t need another liberal voice on the Senate Energy Committee or a senator with more seniority. We need a new senator who puts Louisiana first.
— Jason Doré is the executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party. This piece originally appeared in Gannett newspapers across the state.