January 28, 2021

Consider the source

I encourage readers to consider the source when they read Charles Pray’s May 18 letter on gas prices. It is amusing that Pray has the audacity to falsely accuse President Bush of playing politics with gas prices.

Charlie Pray has been the beneficiary of a State House scheme awarding him a political position with the added benefit of an inflated salary at the taxpayer’s expense.

Gov. Baldacci appointed Pray to a nuclear safety “advisor” position earning $109,000 a year. Not only is this Pray’s first nuclear safety-related job, the position he holds was created solely for him by Gov. Baldacci. How can we ever expect to reconcile the state’s tax and spending problem with such extreme examples of fiscal mismanagement? It is interesting that Pray now feels compelled to speak out against President Bush out of concern for Mainer’s paying more at the gas pumps.

The fact is President Bush has worked hard to pass an energy bill that included over $2.9 billion in funding over the next five years for renewable energy research. John Kerry has been a leading critic, like Pray, on this issue and to demonstrate how hollow his rhetoric is, he missed the vote on the energy bill deciding instead to stay on the campaign trail.

Kerry’s absence helped defeat responsible energy reform and delayed energy policy to aggressively develop renewable fuels.

Mr. Pray and Mr. Kerry come from the same school of political grandstanding – say one thing and do another. This strategy will not help Mainer’s with their financial burdens. Responsible leadership, sound public policy and wise use of the taxpayers’ money in Washington and Augusta will.

Kathy Watson

Chair, Maine Republican Party


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