Sen. Bill Nelson's adviser, Dan McLaughlin, declined all day and night to comment on yesterday's story about challenger Connie Mack's pipeline-petition plan, but the Republican's last quote in the story provoked the Democrat to comment in an email with the headline "come on ...":
Nelson is staunchly opposed to offshore drilling ... . Mack has a different view.
“I have always said that I would be for drilling,” Mack said. “But I think that’s an issue the state should have a say in — in determining how far it’s going to be off the coast of Florida. We ought to allow the state to have a say in that decision.”
Previous Mack quotes:
“We all understand that America must find new sources of energy. But drilling off Florida’s sensitive coast won’t solve the nation’s current energy challenges and it won’t put us on a path toward achieving energy independence."
“Make no mistake, drilling for oil and gas off Florida's fragile coastline is a risky scheme that jeopardizes our environment and our economy. It won't reduce the price at the pump and it won't reduce our dependency on foreign oil. That's why the 285-mile buffer has been in place for years and why it should remain intact for many more years to come.