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Liberal veterans group targets McConnell

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 11 at 10:49 PM

The liberal group, Vote Vets, is promoting a "clean energy" bill by targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) among other Senators in a $2 million ad buy in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  Former Congressional hopeful Andrew Horne, a Louisville attorney, is part of the effort which includes the ads.

In the ads, veterans like U.S. Army Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran George Zubaty of Louisville read from identical scripts to link the clean energy effort to natonal security:

"When terrorists attacked us on Christmas Day, I was reminded why I'm willing to risk my life for America's security....." 

The Courier-Journal's James Carroll reports on how Indiana Senators Dick Lugar and Evan Bayh are also targeted.

Here's the Vote Vets news release re: a conference call today:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Call on Senator McConnell to Give Back Big Oil Campaign Cash and Support Bipartisan Clean Energy Legislation

Louisville, KY – On Thursday, Kentucky veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will host a telephonic press conference calling on Senator McConnell to take a stand for America’s national security by supporting bipartisan clean energy legislation that reduces our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and by returning campaign contributions from the big oil companies standing in the way of our energy independence.  The press conference comes on the heels of new ads running in Kentucky, also calling on Senator McConnell to choose which side he’s on – big oil or troops and security. 

In 2008, while American soldiers were on the ground in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries with significant terrorist activity, the U.S. spent nearly $12 billion on oil from these and other countries with ties to terrorism.  In an attempt to protect their commercial interests in terrorism-supporting countries, big oil companies have poured millions of dollars into lobbying and campaign accounts, trying to block the way toward energy independence.  The oil companies are unapologetic in their business dealings with these states that sponsor terrorism, and continue to prioritize huge profits over security and stability.

The veterans on Thursday’s call will demand that Senator McConnell make a choice: either support our national security by cutting our dependence on foreign oil or support oil companies who do business in countries with ties to terror.