June 11th, 2010
07:23 AM ET
13 years ago

LA parish leader: 'We are being used'

Port Fouchon, Louisiana (CNN) - A Louisiana parish leader who was shown around the world last week alongside President Obama as he visited the Gulf coast now tells CNN "we are being used" by the White House to promote its energy agenda.

"I think he has an agenda." LaFource Parish President Charlotte Randolph said in an interview Thursday. "And this is certainly working into his agenda Right now we are the poster children for alternative energy. He can point to us and say this is why we need to move on to alternative energy."

Randolph spoke to CNN after an event at which she joined a host of Louisiana officials to criticize the administration's six month moratorium on deepwater offshore oil drilling.

"The other morning I heard he was looking for some butt to kick. What he doesn't realize is that he is kicking our butts right now," Randolph said. "We can recover from all the storms we have had in the past. We are managing the oil. We can't over come this overriding issue this moratorium now."

Randolph, who was with the president as he toured oil damaged coastal areas of her parish last week, said she shares the president's goal of shifting more and more to alternative energy sources.

"But we need to transition to it and its going to take a long time to get there," she said. "So lets be realistic and continue this process. .. Don't penalize the entire industry. Don't paint it with a broad brush and say everyone is evil out here. These people are my friends. These people are my neighbors. I know that they care about the environment. … Be realistic about this. You're hurting people."

"Yeah, I think we are being used to push their agenda," she said.

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  1. jean

    The people in Louisiana and around the country are blaming everyone except the right people to blame. Obama is a new politican in office. Most of the damage and lack of regulation occurred before his election. I for one am sick of these evil republicans and media personnels blaming our president. Common sense suggest that if anyone knew how to stop the oil spill and clean up the mess it would have been done by now. The evil people with a mic and a podium are swaying iliterate people to think the wrong thought. CNN and all these other politicians need to just stop before they ruin the entire country. Whatever happen to unity? CNN has turned into a tableoid show.

    June 11, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. LaFource Parish President Charlotte Randolph is not an adult

    It is obvious that LaFource Parish President Charlotte Randolph needs to be handled like a baby

    poor baby, did some one have something else in mind rather than just a free travel pass

    give her a pacifier

    June 11, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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