(July 24, 2014) - It's #TBT (Throwback Thursday in social media world), and six years ago this week, on July 23, 2008, Jeanne Shaheen released a "plan" to lower gas prices. This "plan" was referenced in an August 4, 2008 Union Leadereditorial. She also promised to not take any financial contributions from "Big Oil." This was all in tandem with incessant finger pointing at former U.S. Senator John Sununu, where she blamed the former senator for what Granite Staters were paying at the pump, which was around $4.00 a gallon.
This week is the anniversary of Senator Jeanne Shaheen releasing her "plan," thus we are focusing on her failure to keep both of the aforementioned promises. With gas prices approaching $4.00 a gallon in some parts of our state and Senator Shaheen's decision toattend a fundraiserat the home of David Leiter (an Exxon Mobile lobbyist), she has two broken pledges to address with New Hampshire residents.
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"Senator Jeanne Shaheen has a lot of explaining to do when it comes to two promises she made to New Hampshire residents in a six year old television commercial. She pledged to lower gas prices for consumers, but failed considering Granite Staters are still paying around the same as they did in 2008. She said she wouldn't accept money from what she calls 'Big Oil,' but attended a fundraiser at the home of an Exxon Mobile lobbyist. One Shaheen commercial; two broken Shaheen promises.
"Granite Staters expect more from their senior senator. While they are suffering at the gas pump, Senator Shaheen is advocating for an increase in the federal gas tax and opposing legislation such as the popular Keystone Pipeline. That certainly isn't a solution New Hampshire supports. Jeanne Shaheen was quite vocal about this issue in 2008, but has done nothing to address it six years later. That's a shame and her constituents deserve better."