Monday, May 08, 2006

Washington Post: Candidate Ford vs. 'Big Oil'

The following article appeared in the Washington Post over the weekend regarding Congressman Ford's new television and radio ads:

"Tennessee Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. is betting that voters' discontent with rising prices at the gas pump will translate into a desire for change at the ballot box this fall.

Ford, the lone Democrat running for the seat of retiring Sen. Bill Frist (R), plans to launch television and radio ads Monday attacking the oil companies for getting rich off of the average American family.

In the television commercials, Ford is shown pumping gas at an Exxon station while detailing the $100 billion in profits "Big Oil" made in 2005, and the $400 million retirement package for former Exxon Mobil chairman Lee Raymond that "you and I paid for."

Ford goes on to propose an elimination of tax breaks for oil companies and an investment in alternative fuel technology while also making an appeal for change. "If you're fed up every time you fill up, send a new generation to the Senate," he says."

Listen to Congressman Ford's new radio spot here!

Watch Congressman Ford's new TV spot here!

Comments: Congressman Ford is once again showing his dedication to the real issues in this campaign as well has his dedication to lessening the burden on working families around Tennessee and our nation.

Ford not only has a short term solution to the pressing problem of rising gas prices, but a long term plan to make our nation energy independent.

This all comes as his Senate opponents debate over straw polls and fundraising numbers. Lost in their daily debate over such dribble are those real issues that Congressman Ford is working hard on each and every day. They could learn a thing or two from the Congressman and his dedication.

Our President could also learn from Ford. One thing the President should do to help out working families is to issue an executive order making it mandatory for automobile companies to raise miles per gallon standards, aka CAFE standards. However, that will take political will, an attribute the President has yet to show.

The differences in the candidates and their visions in this Senate campaign could not be more clear. It is time to send a new generation of leadership to the U.S. Senate that will work for the people, not the powerful.

124 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!