Yep here it is, on video. You got a little snot nosed bureaucrat laying it all out for you.
Keep on smiling Mr Pres, but we are onto your game now.
An official from the Environmental Protection Agency came under fire after comments surfaced that he made in 2010 about how to keep energy companies in line. The R6 Regional Administrator Al Armendariz used what he admitted was a “crude” analogy when talking about enforcing environmental regulations on oil and gas producers. He said just as the Romans conquered villages by crucifying people, “you make examples out of people” who are not compliant with the law in order to easily manage them.
Since making the comments Armendariz issued a statement, “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words. It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws. I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws.”
Chris Stirewalt weighed in on the fallout saying, “The problem is when you have audio like this that sounds like it’s confirming the worst accusations that Republicans are making about the administration as it relates to oil, natural gas, energy crisis, and things like that, that’s a big liability.”
He continued, “A good rule of thumb in politics is if you feel moved to use the phrase ‘Well, this is a rough analogy or this is crude,’ you should probably just stop talking. And in this case what he said, other than using the phrase crucify which is very significant for America’s Christians, but also talking about the capriciousness of it and how you make an example out of certain people the way the Romans did … that’s not what you want to talk about because what the administration, what the agency wants to emphasize is that they’re fair.”