While Hedrick was talking policy, Calvert wasted no time resorting to desperation

I received this email letter from Congressional Candidate Bill Hedrick today. He and “Shady Land Deal Calvert” got in a bit of a tiff yesterday, this letter is Hedrick’s latest commentary on the matter.

Congressman Ken Calvert

Two days ago I called out Ken Calvert for his continual cheerleading of the misguided policies and empty rhetoric that has led to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast. A press release on his own website quotes Ken Calvert as saying,

“…Exploration off of California would provide the state with much-needed royalty revenue that could go towards bridging the deficit gap and putting California back on the road to fiscal responsibility.  With new and emerging technologies, offshore energy development can be pursued with little to no visible impact on the coastline and in a way that protects the surrounding environment. That is why I introduced the MORE Act in 2008 to create jobs and increase coastal states’ share of royalties. The time has come to open up all of our country’s natural resources…  ”

Instead of engaging in a real dialogue about the fundamental differences we have when it comes to energy policy and offshore drilling – me adamantly opposed to drilling California’s coast and Calvert adamantly for – he wasted no time resorting the same dirty political tricks that desperate candidates use when they can’t run from their record. 

While I was talking policy, he accused me of politicizing a tragedy and demanded I apologize.

Bill Hedrick

Well, here’s my apology. 

I’m sorry, Ken Calvert, that the policies you’ve consistently supported for the last 18 years to secure more profits for your Big Oil buddies have put American workers and the environment at risk, and that we have tragically seen the consequences of the irresponsible and dangerous ‘drill, baby, drill’ mentality that has driven our energy policy for the last 50 years.

We should be looking at the policies that have led us to this point and fixing them so that something like the BP Deepwater Horizon accident doesn’t happen again, rather than sweeping the issue to the side and making wild accusations.

We deserve better.



Bill Hedrick has been a public school teacher for 35 years and, as a member of the Corona-Norco Board of Education, has helped lead California’s 8th largest school district for 22 years, improving the education of 53,000 children.  With a grassroots campaign and no national support, Bill came within less than two percentage points of unseating 16-year incumbent Rep. Ken Calvert in 2008.  Bill is running again to fight wasteful spending and corruption and to bring real leadership – leadership we can trust – to the people of California’s 44th Congressional District. 

  2 comments for “While Hedrick was talking policy, Calvert wasted no time resorting to desperation

  1. lefty
    May 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Why drill off the California Coastline – & risk our environment, & our quality of life?

    The world supply of oil is very plentyful – with many willing sellers, & oil alternatives are becoming more viable every year.

    Isn’t drilling off the Pristine California Coast about the GREED of a few, pure & simple ….

  2. Robert Lauten
    May 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    “US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig”

    I have no way of knowing if this is actually true; I would however like to see a Congressional investigation.

    To Calvert and Hedrick I say: “Children! Go to your rooms and stop bickering.”

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