The MassGOP is launching a blistering attack against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maura Healey over heating costs as winter fast approaches.
The radio and TV spot rolling out this coming week hits as natural gas prices remain volatile and OPEC+ and its allies just announced they are cutting production.
The fear over fuel is behind the ad backing Republican Geoff Diehl who is trying to gain ground on Healey in time for the Nov. 8 election.
“The Russians aren’t the problem, COVID’s not the cause, big fossil fuel — whatever that is — isn’t responsible,” the MassGOP ad begins, “the real reason … you’re headed for an expensive winter trying to heat your home is the policies of Democrats and Maura Healey.”
The video clip then cuts to Healey, now the state Attorney General, saying “remember I stopped two (natural) gas pipelines from coming into this state.”
The ad, in a dig, says: “Maybe you can remember that when you’re putting on a second sweater or breaking out an extra blanket.”
A spokesperson for the Healey campaign fired back Friday saying: “If you want Donald Trump’s failed energy policies, then Geoff Diehl is your candidate. No amount of desperate, false attack ads can hide that fact.”
Healey’s campaign added a study the AG commissioned before the pandemic found that increasing energy efficiency would save consumers $146 million per year through 2030.
One expert commenting on the fuel market — not the political climate — said this week prices and severe weather could be the real double-whammy for consumers this winter. He added government policies also play a role.
“As we make a transition to cleaner energy sources, I hope government policies don’t tip the scale to one source over another,” said Michael Stivala, Suburban Propane president and CEO. “You hear a lot about electricity, but that assumes a lot.”
He’s backing an “all above strategy” that includes propane and hydrogen.
China, Russia and Europe are all in play this winter as the world competes for strained energy resources.
The decision by OPEC+ to cut 2 million barrels a day starting next month comes as the Western allies are trying to cap the oil money flowing into Moscow’s war chest after it invaded Ukraine, the Associated Press reports.
Polls show Republicans see a path toward control of Congress by focusing on inflation and immigration, CNBC reports. A survey last month, the site added, showed 82% of Americans ranked inflation as an extremely or very important issue, abortion and the coronavirus pandemic came in next — but well behind.
We’ll know more about how voters feel come Election Day.