Now that U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) has backpedaled – faster than Lester Maddox and his bicycle – on his apology to BP for what the congressman called a White House “shakedown,” Democrats are turning their sights on U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell).
Price is chairman of the House Study Committee, the policy arm of the GOP. Barton may have picked up his “shakedown” language from an HSC press release issued on Wednesday:
“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics.
“These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better.”
Price and his committee, says the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
“…are mounting an outrageous defense of BP at the expense of taxpayers and opposing efforts to hold BP accountable for their economic and environmental devastation,” said Jesse Ferguson of the DCCC. “It’s past time that Tom Price come forward, apologize and make clear that he and his group are ready to stand up to Big Oil and not for Big Oil.”
The Democratic National Committee is also trying to wrap in Georgia Republicans Paul Broun, John Linder, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston, who are also members of the House Study Committee.
Do not expect Price & Co. to backtrack. A poor choice of words in a press release compares not at all with the same words spoken in front of an army of TV cameras.