Mitchell, Emanuel in Lockstep on Preventing Drilling
A few short days after Democrats like liberal Harry Mitchell passed on a key opportunity to help forge an American energy policy that would lower gas prices, Arizona Democrats invited one of the architects of this failed policy to our state. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill, a classic Chicago pol and the Democratic Caucus Chair made an appearance in the Valley this weekend to raise money from Arizonan's while perpetuating what Mitchell called "one of the most costly hidden taxes on the American people," just two years ago.
Mitchell continues to support the Democratic Leadership in preventing amendments from being offered on energy legislation. This prevents even the discussion on the House floor for such common sense objectives as drilling in coastal waters and in ANWR.
"The average price of gas has gone up by more than 40 percent in the past year, and the response of Harry Mitchell is to do nothing except further regulate and restrict production of oil," said Susan Bitter Smith, Republican candidate for the Fifth Congressional District seat. "One of Harry's recent votes sent $80 million to Chicago to subsidize subway fares for Rahm Emanuel's constituents.* It's clear where Harry's loyalties lie.
"There is little doubt that it is time to Drill Here and Drill Now.
Bitter Smith called on Mitchell to break from the grip of the Democratic Party leadership and help his constituents and all Americans by voting to bring U.S. energy policy in line with present day realities.