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August 28, 2008

Kilroy supports increased drilling

Ohio Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy has a very environmentally-friendly message in her latest campaign ad, but she makes sure to mention that she supports “increased drilling.”

Kilroy’s second ad focuses on energy and contains all the standard Democratic tropes on energy: attacking “Big Oil” companies, railing against speculators and supporting investments in renewable energy.

Kilroy’s mention of drilling, though, is what’s raising eyebrows.  Kilroy made no mention of supporting expanded drilling in her energy plan released in June. 

Many Democratic candidates, like Kilroy, are touting their "balanced approach" -- supporting drilling as part of a comprehensive energy plan that places punitive measures on big oil companies and cracks down on speculators.

Kilroy is running against GOP state senator Steve Stivers in a closely-watched race to succeed the retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio).