Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ex-Rep. Pombo returns...but he hasn't changed

Defeated members of Congress never die, though often, like controversial ex-Rep. Richard Pombo, they go to work for pretty odious outfits.

Pombo appears to have found a pretty good fit for his drill and burn philosophy. This name of this group – “The Partnership for America” – appears to have been created in a focus group!

Another seeming focus group touch: they’re using an eagle as part of their logo – surely they don’t mean to imply they intend to shoot them down? (Note they appear pretty worked up about the horror that the Polar Bear could be listed as an endangered species.)

There’s an interesting cast of characters working for this outfit, one of them being Jim Sims, former pr guy for the Dick Cheney energy task force.

Here's what Pombo has to say:

A Letter From Chairman Richard Pombo

Dear --
If you are as sick and tired as I am of being forced to pay more than $3 a gallon for gasoline,
I hope you will help me force the politicians in Washington, D.C. to take some common sense steps to solve this problem.

And get the bureaucrats to solve some other problems solved, too.

For 14 years, I served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Member of Congress fighting for what I believed in and was always committed to doing what I knew was right. For much of that time, I served as Chairman of the House Resources committee, which handles issues such as American energy production, access to public lands, and environmental regulation.

I fought hard when I was in Congress against radical environmental groups that wanted to expand government's reach into every corner of our lives.

In return, those radical groups made me their number-one target for defeat in last year's elections. They moved into my Congressional district by the hundreds and spent millions of dollars in a highly negative TV campaign distorting my record to defeat me. And they won.
But I am not easily defeated.
I am continuing my fight against these radical groups and their misguided supporters in Congress.

I'm proud now to serve as the National Chairman of the Partnership for America. And I hope you will join with me in continuing this fight to America's future.

The Partnership for America is a broad-based alliance of people who support a common sense balance between environmental conservation and a healthy, growing economy.

They believe in some pretty simple but powerful ideas. They believe that all American citizens:
Like reducing our nation's dangerous dependence on foreign oil from nations that hate America.
Protecting the American people's right to access our public lands.

Making the Endangered Species Act for better to protect species that are in trouble.
Restoring some common sense to our Nation's environmental laws.

And many others.

The Partnership is a highly successful grassroots organization that runs public education and government action campaigns on wide range of issues.

For example, the Partnership led the national campaign to prevent radical environmental groups from adding the Greater Sage Grouse to the Endangered Species Act list. Not only would this have been a tragic mistake for the Greater Sage Grouse, but it would have allowed lawyers for those groups to sue for control of millions of acres of our land.

Now, more than ever, Americans must work to prevent these radical groups from taking control of our land, our government, our jobs, and our lives.

I hope you will join me in this effort.

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