Yesterday, Jim Inhofe called on his supporters to send their gas receipts into his campaign office so that he can send them to Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. Apparently, Inhofe is trying to show his frustrations that Congress adjourned without bringing any relief on energy prices.
Oklahomans, though, should be more frustrated with Jim Inhofe’s decades of doing nothing to avert an energy crisis.
State Sen. Andrew Rice is fed up with opponent’s lack of leadership on this issue. He’s not going to send Jim Inhofe his gas receipts. Instead, he’s going to send Jim Inhofe an invoice for $1,076,573 – the amount of money he’s received in campaign contributions from big oil.
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It's nothing new for Oklahoma's senior senator to try to distract from our energy problems by pointing fingers and shifting blame. Rather than taking responsibility for his own inaction on gas prices and energy independence during his 22 years in Congress, Inhofe chooses to accuse those who disagree with him of "an attempt to misinform and frighten the public" (Inhofe in a July 9, 2002 floor speech) and "fear-mongering" (Inhofe in a January 4, 2005 floor speech). He used two hours of the Senate's time last October to discuss Leonardo DiCaprio, the Weather Channel, and his climate change denial, when he could have used that time to put forward solutions to the growing energy crisis.
During the 14 years Inhofe has been in the Senate, gas prices have nearly quadrupled. Yet he seems content to blame others and takes no responsibility for his own failures. It's time Oklahoma's voters held Jim Inhofe accountable, and it’s time we sent him a message that pointing fingers is no way to lead.
The message Sen. Rice would like to send Sen. Inhofe? Talk is cheap, but gas is expensive. It’s time for real leadership in the U.S. Senate. To add your name to the invoice that Sen. Rice is sending to Jim Inhofe, click here.
In the state senate, Andrew Rice has fought for common-sense solutions to our energy problems that are both fiscally and environmentally responsible. This week, he endorsed the "Gang of Ten" Plan, a bipartisan energy proposal to diversify our resources to pave the way for a more secure, independent, and responsible energy future. He will continue this fight in the U.S. Senate, working toward solutions that will help everyday Oklahomans.
With over $1 million dollars in campaign contributions from big oil, Jim Inhofe won’t change his mind on energy. In the U.S. Senate, Andrew Rice will show real leadership to pave the way for a new energy future.
- Karina Henderson
Rice for U.S. Senate