Congressman Pallone Issues Shocking Statements Concerning the Oil Spill
Mayor Anna Little Rebukes his Act of Blame Shifting
Highlands, NJ—Democratic Representative and 22-year incumbent Frank Pallone has recently issued critical comments, stating what he would have done in the president’s place to prevent the disastrous effects of the gulf oil spill, much to the chagrin of Highlands Mayor and Republican Nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th District, Anna Little:
“Were I president,” Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) told Politico, “I would have gone out and hired the best experts in the world and put together a consultative panel to advise the president and his Cabinet secretaries, and peer review or second-guess everything BP said they would do throughout this entire time.” (source: http://www.bluejersey.com/diary/16121/frank-pallone-on-bps-feelgood-pr-campaign)
Strangely, Pallone seems to forget that he was already in an extremely influential position as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to prevent or at least ameliorate the effects of the spill.
Mayor Little sharply criticized Representative Pallone’s personal lack of initiative before and after the gulf crisis when she noted that “as a senior member of the congressional committee with oversight jurisdiction over these [Environmental] operations, Frank Pallone is culpable. It is inexcusable that our government, through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, could have and should have prevented this disaster, yet did nothing… It is little wonder that the American people have such a low esteem for Congress.”
Pallone’s recent criticisms only magnify his own failure to take the proper measures that could have prevented or minimized the BP disaster. Mayor Anna Little, in stark contrast, has demonstrated that if elected to Congress, she would hold herself directly accountable to those who elected her.
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Pallone's Town Hall Meeting, Red Bank, August 25, 2009