You wouldn't know it from following our local media, but gas prices in our neck of the Finger Lakes have been skyrocketing. Once again, we don't see reporters repeating their Bush-era routine of of harassing motorists at the Valero pump, asking them if they've had to give up food to afford fuel. However, way downstate, word has been leaking out.
Pete Richardson of Wappingers Falls said he spends roughly $94 a week filling up his 2010 GMC Terrain.
“I’m obviously not happy about (gas prices) because it constrains my family and what we can do together,” he said.
Richardson, 32, said it’s frustrating with the economic situation that employees aren’t making more but are being asked to pay more.
One can only hope Mr. Richardson will remember his frustration when he enters the voting booth this November. Perhaps the crushing increase in energy prices my not bode well for the incumbent regime's reelection prospects.
Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said pump prices will be part of their political messaging, alongside other staples like jobs data. “We are going to be talking about every economic factor,” she said.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, meanwhile, vows to hit vulnerable Senate Democrats – such as Claire McCaskill (Mo.) – and Obama over the prices.
“The NRSC fully intends to highlight the disastrous effects President Obama’s EPA has had on our nation’s energy prices including their rejection of the Keystone Pipeline,” said spokesman Lance Trover.Unlike corruption at the Export-Import Bank, gas prices are an issue that most voters can instantly understand. Let's see if the Republicans can can make the easy shots.