The Shifting Politics of Oil: Rep. Alan Grayson

TAMPA (2010-06-28) -

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, consistently has held a staunch position against drilling, and backs the initiative to ban it off Florida's coasts for good.

Before the Spill: During his 2008 campaign, Grayson listed two oil-related goals:

"Banning drilling for oil off Florida's coasts" as well as "getting rid of tax breaks that are rewarded to oil companies."

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After the spill: "How about just tracking down every single person who said 'drill baby drill' and putting them all in prison. Why don't we do that? Starting with Michael Steele," Grayson said when asked what he would do if someone called him and argued that the liberal position against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was responsible for the disaster currently overtaking the Gulf of Mexico.

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From "Drill, Baby, Drill" to "Spill, Baby, Spill" - the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf has some elected leaders and political candidates scrambling to point out their opposition to offshore drilling - even if they once thought it was a good idea. WUSF has determined where our politicians stood before, and where they stand now on oil drilling.

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