Campaign 2010

Sep 09, 2008

AD WATCH: Robin Hayes So Out of Touch, He Thinks Gas Is Still $1.76 a Gallon

As Representative Robin Hayes (NC-08) releases his new ad trying to distract from his Big Oil record, it's clear that Hayes is as out of touch as ever.  As the ad talks about "record gas prices", the video on the screen shows the price at $10.20 for 5.798 gallons of gas, or about $1.76 a gallon. 

"Clearly Robin Hayes is so out of touch that he doesn't even know what record high gas prices actually look like for the hardworking families of North Carolina," said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the DCCC.  "With his millions of dollars in Big Oil stock, Robin Hayes continues to get richer as gas prices rise, and now he is proving one more time how out of touch he is with the pinch at the pump most people face every day."

Background

  • As Robin Hayes' new ad says "at a time of record gas prices", the video on the screen shows the price at $10.20 for 5.798 gallons of gas, or about $1.76 a gallon. 
  • Drivers in North Carolina are paying an average of $3.65 for a gallon of gas. [AAA Fuel Gauge Report, Accessed: 9/9/08] 
  • Robin Hayes' Personal Financial Disclosures show Hayes owns between $6,880,016 and $23,050,000 in Big Oil stock, including Andarko Petroleum, BP, Exxon, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Royal Dutch Shell, and Sunoco. [Hayes Personal Financial Disclosure filed 5/15/08]
  • Hayes has taken $176,105 from the oil and gas industry. [www.opensecrets.org; accessed: 9/09/08] 
  • In 2006, Hayes voted against a motion to remove subsidies and close loopholes for large integrated oil companies, so that big oil companies would pay their fair share of taxes [HR4297, Vote #109, 4/27/06]
  • In 2005, Hayes voted for $85 billion worth of subsidies and tax breaks for most forms of energy - including oil and gas [HR 6, Vote #445, 7/28/05] 
  • In 2005, Hayes voted against an alternative energy plan that would have brought immediate relief to consumers at the pump, increased the nation's investment into renewable fuels and energy efficiency and cracked down on price gouging. [HR 6, Vote #118, 4/20/05]