Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Helluva Start: Lincoln Kicks Off Campaign Advertising by Attacking Climate Bill

Nothing says you're ready for a tough Democratic primary like a campaign ad touting yourself as a solo party of no.

And that's just what a bragging Blanche Lincoln did with the first television ad for her re-election bid. In it she lays out her recipe for how she single-handedly has protected Arkansans from all sorts of Washington infighting, with climate legislation rounding out the list.

To be fair, she's been way too busy to help pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that would help create tens of thousands of new jobs for Arkansas and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Senator Lincoln recently co-sponsored Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s resolution, largely written by Washington energy lobbyists, designed to block the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to, you know, do its job and protect Arkansans from harmful carbon pollution that endangers public health and welfare.

And with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's entrance into the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary this week, Lincoln can't afford to anger some of her most loyal campaign contributors: Big Oil and the electric utilities. She has taken more than $1 million in campaign cash from Big Oil and other energy interests in her career, a whopping $249,150 in the first two months of 2010 alone.

The ad's tagline for Senator Lincoln could not be more accurate: she IS one tough lady. She will do whatever it takes to protect Big Oil's profits, even at the expense of more jobs, less pollution and greater security for Arkansas families.

Watch the ad here:

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