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Will Rossi go with the greens on offshore drilling, potentially pissing off big donors?
In announcing his campaign yesterday , Senate-hopeful Dino Rossi didn't

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In Light of Louisiana Spill, Will Dino Rossi Come Out Against His Big Oil Donors?

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Will Rossi go with the greens on offshore drilling, potentially pissing off big donors?
In announcing his campaign yesterday, Senate-hopeful Dino Rossi didn't talk about the Louisiana oil spill, which we learned today has surpassed the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in size. Nor does he offer any insight into whether or not he would support opponent Patty Murray's proposed ban on offshore drilling.

But Rossi has certainly been a beneficiary of oil companies in the past. Tesoro, owner of the Anacortes refinery where five people died in a fire last April, gave Rossi $3,800 between his 2004 and 2008 gubernatorial races, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. ConocoPhillips, owner of another state refinery, wrote him checks totaling $2,350. And BP, owner of the well pumping oil into the Gulf of Mexico, gave him $1,625.

Rossi's campaign manager Pat Shortridge did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Rossi did work to create an image of himself as a green Republican in 2008--saying that global warming is happening and the state should invest in alternative energy sources like wind and solar.

Environmental groups questioned his green cred two years ago pointing out that in 2002, while in the State Senate, Rossi opposed a bill requiring the state to meet increased energy demand without increasing green house gas emissions.

And in yesterday's campaign announcement, he opposes taxes touted by enviros saying: "If we enact much more of this stuff, whether it's cap and trade, energy taxes or a value added tax, then all the work and sacrifice our parents and grandparents did to make this country great for us will have been squandered."

It remains to be seen if Rossi will try to rebuild a green rep by supporting a ban on offshore drilling, at the risk of pissing off some big donors.

 
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