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Friday, June 02, 2006

Big Oil loves Joe Lieberman

This is all over the blogs today, from My Left Nutmeg:

The front page of Joe Lieberman's web site currently features a TV commercial that opens with this deathless line: "He's the last guy in the Senate the big oil companies want to see."

In fact, the big oil companies hate Joe Lieberman so much that Exxon "Obscene Profits Are Never Enough" Mobil appointed Joe's departing Communications Director, Matt Gobush (I swear to God that's his real name) as their new Manager of Executive Communications!

The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

It gets better:

June 15, 2005 - the day Gobush left his job with Lieberman in order to join ExxonMobil - was the very same day the oil company announced they were hiring Philip Cooney, the chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality who had resigned 5 days earlier, and who had come under fire while in office for altering scientific reports in order to downplay global warming.

It was quite fortutitous that on the day ExxonMobil hired a controversial Republican official who had basically done their bidding in the White House, they would have also had a "Democratic" hire ready to go, with whom they could counter charges of corrpution:

ExxonMobil defended its hiring of Cooney by stating that they hire from both sides of the aisle. In a written statement to Democracy Now! The company wrote that "ExxonMobil hired Mr. Cooney at about the same time we hired Matt Gobush, who was the Communications Director for Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman. We have always hired highly qualified people for their talent--not their politics."
Gobush's hiring provided cover for Bush, Cheney, and Big Oil - just like his boss would a few weeks later when he voted for the energy bill.
Team Lieberman, once again providing the bad guys the allusion of bi-partisanship...

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