Peter Nehr a 'flip-flopper' on oil drilling, says Democratic challenger Tom McKone
Tom McKone, an East Lake fire commissioner and Democratic candidate for State House 48, called incumbent Rep. Peter Nehr a flip-flopper on the oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. But Nehr, a Tarpon Springs Republican, said he voted with fellow Republicans to end the special session called by Gov. Charlie Crist to discuss a constitutional ban on oil drilling off the state’s shores to save the state money.
In a press release Wednesday, McKone challenged Nehr’s vote.
“This past Sunday, the incumbent was on Political Connections touting how we need to let the voters decide if they want to stop drilling in the gulf, then on Tuesday he votes against the process,” McKone said. “Peter Nehr is not being honest with the constituents of House District 48. He has let down the District’s Shrimpers, Spongers, Commercial and Sport fishermen, and the tourist industry by not even allowing any discussion on economic relief for these devastated working families.”
Nehr said Wednesday he is “absolutely in favor” of Floridians deciding. But he said remaining in Tallahassee for the special session would have been a waste of taxpayers' dollars.
“Both the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate had predetermined publicly that they would not allow any bill regarding the placement of a possible constitutional amendment to be discussed or voted upon in this special session,” Nehr said. “Therefore, since there was no chance of a bill being passed, I felt that it would be better to adjourn than to spend $50,000 a day sitting around and not accomplishing anything.”
Demorris A. Lee, Times staff writer