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Democrats Take Aim at Drake, Goode Over Gas

Tim Craig

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching radio ads this week against U.S. Reps. Thelma D. Drake and Virgil Goode, both Republicans who represent Virginia districts that could be up for grabs in the fall.

In the 60 second ad, an impersonator of President Bush accuses Drake or Goode of siding with "Big Oil."

The ad that will run in Virginia Beach, which Drake represents, begins when the Bush impersonator gets an answering machine message at Drake's office.

"Drakey, W here," the impersonator states. "Wanted to thank you for continuing to support the Big Oil Energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for Big Oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh, heh, heh."

It continues, "Seriously, Thelma, I know I can always count on you. Gotta go. Bye now."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md), chairman of the DCCC, said the ad will be run in 13 districts nationwide over the July 4 holiday, including the two in Virginia.

"This Independence Day, the American people deserve to be liberated from the Big Oil policies of President Bush and the rubber stamp House Republicans," Van Hollen said in a statement.

Julie Shutley, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, responded, "You would have to hire an impersonator to spew out the hypocrisies in this ad since nobody could probably do it with a straight face."

"Not only did over 70 Democrats vote for the same energy legislation, including half of the Democrat leadership, but even the Democrats' own Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, voted in support of it," Shutley said. "The Democrat-led Congress is back to casting blame and offering no solutions despite repeated promises of a 'commonsense plan' to lower gas prices. With gasoline up over $4, the American people are waiting."

By Tim Craig  |  June 30, 2008; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig  
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What exactly are the democrats (WHO CONTROL THE HOUSE AND SENATE) doing to lower gas prices?
If they are in power now what good is it going to do for gas prices to elect more of them in november??

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Democrats don't give a flying f@ck about gas prices except that it makes it harder for them to raise taxes.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Umm, methinks there is FAR more than gas prices on which to challenge the do-nothing Congresswoman from The Beach, as well as the Congress-bigot from the 5th...

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 2, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Goode's Energy Independence Day.

According to his own website, "The United States must develop various alternative fuel sources. I am pleased to have sponsored legislation that has brought almost $2 million to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Southern Virginia for a project that includes deriving biofuel from switchgrass, miscanthus and hybrid poplars. When fully developed, the results of this program could significantly enhance agriculture and forest products throughout the 5th District of Virginia."

Ironically, at the Scottsville 4th of July parade, it was Tom Perriello's float that was pulled by a biofuled tractor while Virgil was accompanied by a brand spankin new Hummer H3!

Here's looking out for Virginia's 5th District Virgil.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 6, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Celebrating American Freedoms on Independence Day
Congressman Goode did not bring the Hummer, for a matter of fact. The flag toting American driver is Ty Wigal, a member of the Fluvanna Repbulicans and ardent supporter of Congressman Goode. The vehicle is owned and operated by an individual other than Virgil. Funny how personal freedom and hard work allow for such a thing. What is more American than a Hummer driving down Main Street America on the 4th of July? Drill now, and harness the billions of gallons of oil under our own land. We could all drive Hummers then. At least, those of us who own and operate a successful small business in America

Posted by: Ty | July 8, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Hummer is mine. With no education I worked to create financial independence for my family, the American Dream. And Virgil nor any other politician helped me get it, nor got in my way. And its not "brand spankin new", but thanks for the compliment on how well we maintain it. And if my wife and kids were hit by your rice burner, they would likely win that fight.

If it was a Chevy Taho, would you say the same things? Of course not. But its on the same chassie and has the same engine.

Now that electric cars are so plentiful, did you run out and buy one? I can also point out vehicles that use more fuel than mine..... I think.

And one more thing. Trash that un American, gas guzzling lawn mower and get one of the old push types, like great granpa used to use.

Ok, one more thing. Are you reading this by candle light?

Posted by: Chris | July 9, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and one more thing. Its an H2, not 3. My 2 eats 3's for dinner.

Posted by: Chris | July 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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