Governor Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer made the following statement today in response to Jim Messina's announcement to President Obama's national finance committee:
"I was deeply saddened to learn that President Obama had decided to give up his principles and give in to the money by joining forces with Super PACs tied to his reelection bid. Being president requires bold leadership on issues you believe in, and until recently I thought the president, like me, believed in this one. Just two weeks ago, President Obama decried the "corrosive influence of money in politics' in his State of the Union Address, and I was happy to hear him talking about my top issue. Two years ago, when the Supreme Court announced the Citizens United decision, which has taken the potential for corruption in Washington to a whole new level, President Obama called them out on it, and rightfully so. So why the sudden change? Simple. We have an unwritten law that states, "he with the most money wins.' Is that how we pick our president, by how much money they can raise?"
"I lead by example, as I believe the president should have and could have done, but chose not to. Who wants a follower as their president? I take no PAC money and do not have any Super PACs, but I go even further than that. I have a $100 campaign contribution limit, and I disclose every penny although not required by law. I am not waiting for a court decision to be overturned, a law to be passed, or even a constitutional amendment to be ratified. I am leading now. Instead of leading, Mr. Obama is following the pack, his campaign manager making excuses that if the other candidates are doing it, they should too. And believe me, the other candidates are no better. Democrats and Republicans are both the same -- they're connected at the billfold, putting big checks in front of good ideas. How many favors will Obama have to promise for this special-interest money? His biggest donors are from Wall Street, and yet you wonder why "too big to fail' is still the law and Glass-Steagall hasn't been reinstated. You wonder why healthcare reform doesn't require insurance companies to compete across state lines and subject pharmaceutical companies to price competition. Follow the money, and it will all make sense. I thought you were better than that, Mr. President.