Friday, July 28, 2006

Corker Courts K Street, Big Oil In D.C.

Bob Corker may try to portray himself as a Washington D.C. outsider. However, the truth is, he is more of an insider than any other U.S. Senate candidates.

As the Nashville City Paper reports, Corker has been courting K Street pretty hard of late:

"Tuesday night, Corker attended a $250-per-person, $1,000-per-political-action-committee (PAC) fund-raiser at the office of Capitol Decisions Inc., a wing of the largest independent lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

This morning, Corker attended a “meet and greet” — where a ticket price wasn’t required but donations were accepted — that was hosted by Independent Petroleum Association of America."

"The Independent Petroleum Association of America’s PAC director, Kelly Philson, said the IPAA has endorsed Corker for the election.

“I believe that he is the strongest candidate out there that will be an advocate for domestic producers of oil and natural gas,” Philson said."

Okay, so let me get this straight. Bob Corker attacks Congressman Ford for raising funds out of state, but he goes to D.C. and raisies hundreds of thousands from lobbyists and Big Oil? Talk about hypocrisy!

The last thing we need to do is elect yet another person to Congress that will be in the pockets of K Street and Big Oil. I think we have seen where that has gotten us the past five years.

Harold Ford Jr. is a strong supporter of lobbying reform and has came out against Big Oil for the recent surges in gas prices. That is the type of leadership we need in our next U.S. Senator.

Don't be fooled by Bob Corker and his mother this fall. Bob is not a man of his word. He is a man of the rich and powerful.