Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Craig Romero isn't right for Louisiana

I just saw a Craig Romero television ad where he said he'd work with David Vitter and Bobby Jindal to pass the OCS oil revenue-sharing bill so Louisiana can restore her coastal wetlands.

I wonder why he chose not to include Mary Landrieu in his ad?

Maybe because she's a Democrat, and Romero, like Vitter and Jindal, are partisan Republicans?

We here in Louisiana understand what that partisanship has gotten us: Nothing!

Sure, Bobby Jindal's revenue-sharing bill would have generated a lot of money to restore Louisiana's coast, but it didn't stand a chance of passing as long as he continued to insist on ending the federal moratorium on offshore drilling in other states. Jindal put the blinders on and insisted, despite evidence to the contrary, that other coastal states wouldn't kill his bill. Instead of accepting the fact that people in other states really do care about their beaches, Jindal refused to cooperate with fellow Democrats in the state delegation to write a more sensible compromise. And now, we have nothing.

Jindal's obstinance is akin to the great blunder of another partisan hack -- Plaquemines Parish political boss Leander Perez, whose refusal to negotiate with Harry Truman is the reason Louisiana has been getting a pittance in offshore revenues for a half century.

There were other options Jindal could have fought for -- and could have won, as City Business argued -- like some variation on Mary Landrieu's bill, if he hadn't insisted on usurping the rights of states to protect their coastlines as they see fit.

I really, really don't understand why Romero thinks his appeal to partisanship will win over Republican voters in Louisiana. They should know better. It's not about partisanship. It's about getting things done for Louisiana, for America, and for our children.

Across the nation, people have got to understand that it's time for a change. We need to sweep the Republicans out of Congress, and out of the White House. It's not Republicans, per se, that are the problem. It's the arrogance of power which leads them to make the wrong choices for America -- whether it's getting us bogged down in a quagmire occupation of Iraq while Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea go to hell in a handbasket, or shamefully covering up the indiscretions and corruption of their party associates -- Republicans talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.

Craig Romero isn't right for Louisiana. Craig Romero isn't right for America.

Louisiana should send Charlie Melancon back to Congress!

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At 10/12/2006 05:08:00 AM, Blogger Ray in New Orleans said...

Melancon co-sponsored Jindal's bill, so on this issue the two candidates appear to be a wash:

He also voted yes to intervene in the Terry Schiavo case, yes for a flag burning amendment to the Constitution, yes on Bush's tax cuts, and yes yes yes yes on Iraq.

I'll always support the Democrat over the Republican just 'cause, but Melancon ain't exactly Barak Obama.

At 10/12/2006 05:28:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

And the alternative is?

At 10/12/2006 01:00:00 PM, Blogger oyster said...

Romero's trying to score political points because it took Melancon a long time before he became a co-sponsor of Jindal's bill.

Romero's an idiot and should lose, but it's never easy.

I wouldn't quite call Leander Perez a political hack. He was simply one of the most powerful men in America, and convinced Earl Long that he could bend Truman like he bent everyone else that tried to infringe on his dictatorship in Plaquemines parish.

Like most of the Deep South, Louisiana was a one party state at the time. Perez, Long and Truman were all Democrats.

At 10/12/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Ray in New Orleans said...

I didn't say there's an alternative. I just find it weird that Jindal's bill would be raised as a reason to support one candidate over the other when in fact they both supported it.


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