Tuesday, July 04, 2006
On Independence Day, Dent Refuses to Pledge Oil Independence
Not long ago, I rquested Charles Dertinger and Charlie Dent, the two major party candidates for the Lehigh Valley's Congressional seat, to declare our oil independence by pledging to refuse contributions from the oil industry. I asked them to take this pledge by Independece Day.
Dertinger immediately pledged he would not take a dime from the oil and gas industry. In fact, last week he joined a rally for oil independence outside of a south Bethlehem gas station.
Dent, however, refused to take the pledge. In fact, he ignored several emails. I know why. This year he's taken $8,600 from the oil and gas industry. This is in addition to the $50,000 he grabbed in 2004. I'll bet he answers Big Oil's emails.
I don't decide whether to support or oppose a candidate based on one issue. But I am extremely disheartened that Charlie Dent, a sitting Congressman who works for me, would not even have the courtesy to respond to an email. This is why special interest money is so malignant.