Former First Lady Smacks Down Gov’s Oil Tax Plan
Today former Governor Jay Hammond’s widow Bella and his daughter Heidi Hammond have called for a TV ad from a group calling themselves “Resource Full Alaska” exploiting Jay Hammond to be stopped immediately. The ad has the brass cojones to compare Jay Hammond, arguably Alaska’s most popular former governor, to its current oil shill CEO Sean Parnell. The ad calls on the legislature to pass Parnell’s oil tax plan which would drain the state’s coffers to the tune of $2 billion a year.
“I was never consulted about this television ad,” said the former First Lady.
“Jay Hammond never would have proposed giving away Alaska’s resources, and he certainly wouldn’t have supported Parnell’s plan.”
And thus, a sweet old 80-something lady from her cabin in remote Lake Clark, Alaska, hands the administration and the entire oil cabal their backsides.
She and her daughter Heidi went on to demand that “Resource Full Alaska” and the ad’s narrator Glenn Hackney withdraw the ad immediately. “This television ad misappropriates former Governor Hammond’s legacy and his good name,” said the Hammonds.
Take that Governor Parnell. The only people who deserve to have a bad name because of your oil tax plan are you, and anyone in the legislature who votes for it.
The announcement came from the group Backbone, a nonpartisan organization which supports the Constitutional requirement that Alaskans receive the “maximum benefit” from resource development. No comments so far from the Republicans who continually squawk about the Constitution, and yet ignore anything that does not suit their conservative social ideology, and/or line the pockets of the wealthiest multi-national resource extractors on the planet.
Backbone successfully opposed the BP/Arco merger and has opposed legislation which would cut oil taxes without any public benefits, including the current bill proposed by Governor Parnell.