Little Rock, Arkansas (CNN) - Big oil Blanche? Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln mocked an attempt by her political opponents in the final stretch of the state's runoff election to blame her for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"You know it's amazing to me that all of the sudden I am now the reason for the oil spill," Lincoln told reporters after voting in Little Rock on Tuesday. "I can't figure out for the life of me where that has come from other than just that these outside interest groups and others want to put negative outside advertising out there about me and try and mislead voters. I am certainly not part of that problem in the Gulf."
A television ad airing in Arkansas sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund this week links Lincoln with campaign contributions from oil companies and highlights her support for offshore drilling.
The ad calls the campaign donations "another gusher" and maintains that Lincoln has taken more money in the last two years than any other senator, and a half-million dollars since she was elected. With a BP logo prominently displayed on the screen, the television ad argues that Lincoln "got that money because she helped Bush and Cheney give oil companies 14 million in tax breaks or maybe because she voted to allow risky offshore drilling for BP and others. It's time to send big oil a message. On Tuesday send big oil packing."
The environmental group also created a website targeting Lincoln, labeling her "big oil Blanche."
For her part, Lincoln dismissed the charges, and made the case that she's part of an effort on Capitol Hill to hold BP's feet to the fire. She noted that she signed a letter to the U.S. Attorney General urging a moratorium on any BP profits going to shareholders until the costs of the cleanup are covered.
Just hours before polls closed, the Arkansas Democrat said she's working to do what she can to speed up the cleanup, telling reporters, "I'm ready to go down there with my dishwashing liquid and wash off some of those birds."