Our 14th District Representative and Speaker of the House, J. Dennis Hastert, must think his constituents are asleep or fools.

On March 14th he accepts a $5,000 campaign contribution from Exxon. Then on April 26th, the Washington Post reported Mr. Hastert was leading the GOP congress in blocking legislation that would have raised the taxes on the oil companies’ huge profits. On April 27th Congress Daily reported that Speaker Hastert was one of the Top Ten recipients of campaign contributions from oil companies. So far in the 2005-2006 election cycle the FEC reports that Hastert has received a total of $92,000 from oil and gas corporations.

Next on April 28th he tried to cover his backroom actions with a public news conference in front of a Washington gas station with plenty of photographers he tried to convince America that the House of Representatives were going to get tough on those gasoline companies and set aside money for alternatives to gasoline. To dispell any doubters he then drove off in a hydrogen powered car, only to stop a few blocks away from the cameras to get out of the hydrogen car and climb into his GMC SUV, according to an AP photograph.

And if we weren’t already feeling insulted enough by his blatant disregard for our intelligence a few days later on May 3rd he held a closed door meeting with the biggest profiteer of them all-Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson. Maybe with the next FEC quarterly report we’ll see how big his payoff was from Exxon.

This has to be the year we stop Hastert. Enough is enough.