The Chatter: BP (Barton and Paul) edition
06/22/2010 11:13 AM
While it’s been weeks since Rand Paul called the White House’s pressure on BP for the Gulf Oil Spill “un-American” those comments are back into the mainstream after U.S. Rep. Joe Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward at a House hearing last week. Both Democrats and Republicans in Washington are blasting the two together for their remarks.
- The Democratic National Committee is out with a second ad that features Barton, as well as Paul, blasting both for their remarks on the BP Oil Spill.
- On Sunday, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said that both the comments of those two would play into the fall elections.
- Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, tried to distance those comments from the rest of the Republican party and invited Paul and Barton to see the oil spill up close.
- Meanwhile, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell told Fox News he “couldn’t disagree with Barton more.”
- Paul, seemingly, is unaffected by all this, as he announced a second Washington D.C. fund-raiser Monday evening on Facebook.
- Finally, new Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Daniel Logsdon is also feeling some heat after the Herald-Leader uncovered that Logsdon has donated to Republicans in the past.
— Kenny Colston
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