Florida Republican John Mica -- once the only Florida lawmaker to back drilling off the Florida coast -- came up with a new name today for the spill in the Gulf: the Obama Oil Spill.
"In the month of April, the nation lost 29 miners and 11 oil rig workers in two avoidable disasters," Mica said at a hearing. "Federal agencies failed and federal actions failed to prevent these disasters. While this hearing is intended to cast blame on BP oil executives, the failure of the federal government in leading up to this disaster must also be documented. I have carefully researched the timetable of the Obama Oil Spill...
"We must responsibly utilize our offshore energy resources to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil," Mica said. "We can do this safely but we must insure better oversight by the federal government and industry."
Mica's opponent, Heather Beaven, took him to task for his remarks, saying she found it "ironic" that Mica "attempted to blame the oil spill on the President when it was Mica who has taken over $60,000 from Big Oil
since he was elected to Congress in 1992." And she notes one of his brother's lobbies for oil.