Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Space on National Energy Tax

Rep. Zack Space (OH-18) continues to snub the press and his constituents on his support for the Pelosi National Energy Tax. Now we hear news of a backroom deal among Democrats in Washington that does little to change the devastating impact this bill would have on families.

Consider the following:
Space Has Refused Repeated Requests To Comment On His Support For The National Energy Tax:

SATURDAY, JUNE 20TH: “It is unknown how U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, will vote on the legislation. However, Space, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce - from which the act originated - voted in favor of the bill in committee during a roll call vote May 21, during which the act was approved by a final vote of 33 to 25. Space could not be reached for comment.” (Ian Hicks, “Wilson Will Not Vote For Energy Bill,” Wheeling Intelligencer, 06/20/09)

TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD: “But U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan and Nick Rahall, both D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, haven't said whether they will vote for the bill. Messages left with the offices of each congressman were not immediately answered Monday.” (Joselyn King, “Mollohan, Rahall and Space Still Mulling ‘Cap and Trade,’” Wheeling Intelligencer, 06/23/09)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH: “Messages left both Monday and Tuesday with the office of U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, seeking his stance on the measure have not been answered.” (Joselyn King, “Members of Congress Waiting On Final Version of Energy Bill,” Wheeling Intelligencer, 06/24/09)

Space Was “Lobbied” By Special Interest Groups To Support The Legislation:

“Also stepping up their lobbying are interest groups supporting the legislation, such as the Blue-Green Alliance, which represents labor and environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, the United Steelworkers, the Communications Workers of America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Laborers’ International Union of North America and the Service Employees International Union……In advance of the vote to report the bill out of the Energy and Commerce Committee, members of the alliance lobbied Bart Stupak of Michigan, Zack Space of Ohio and other industrial-state Democrats on the panel. They are now focusing their attention on undecided Democrats. Lee Guisse, a Steelworkers member employed at a plant in Ohio, said she had come to Washington to meet with her own congressman, Democrat John Boccieri. She planned to present him with a packet of 350 signatures from fellow steelworkers supporting the bill, wrapped with a bow made of a hay-like twine, a nod to Boccieri’s position on the Agriculture Committee. ‘He’s having a hard time with it, just as Zack was,’ Guisse said.” (Coral Davenport, “Obama Lauds Energy Bill Before It Reaches House Floor,” CQ Politics, 06/24/09)

HYPOCRISY ALERT – Space Railed Against “Corporate Interests” During His 2006 Campaign For Congress:

“Our government in Washington, DC is broken. Politicians and their lobbyist friends are looking out for themselves at the expense of Ohio families. As your Congressman, Zack Space will accept no gifts, trips, or meals from lobbyists and will never put corporate interests ahead of working families.” (Space for Congress Website, 2006)
Paul Lindsay, NRCC spokesman: “It seems that the only people who are able to get an answer from Zack Space these days are the special interest lobbyists who bought his vote for this job-killing tax increase. It’s bad enough that Space is doing nothing to stop his party leaders from forcing this devastating bill through Congress at the expense of Ohio families, but it’s even worse when he openly ignores repeated requests to provide them with an explanation.”

Is this the hope and change that you voted for?