Give Lt. Governor Phil Bryant credit – the man’s got a nose for news. Literally. No reporter could possibly pass up the opportunity to write story about the remarks he made at yesterday’s Coastal Development Strategies Conference – and SLABBED has Mary Perez of the Sun Herald to thank for Bryant doesn’t smell oil.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant’s response to people in South Mississippi who’ve said they can smell oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf is, “No, you can’t.”
Speaking at Wednesday’s Coastal Development Strategies Conference, Bryant said the smell may be coming from their lawn mowers. “That is not gasoline coming out of the Gulf,” he said
Bryant said the media on the Coast haven’t overreacted to the oil spill, but the same can’t be said of the national media, who compared it with the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. “This is not the Exxon Valdez,” he said.
The Exxon Valdez “this is not” – it’s much larger, Phil – but let’s get back to the subject of politicians and odors and the most well-known story never published. Ironically, the politician in this story was a member of our Legislature at the time and, otherwise, in the oil and “gas” business.
Trapped in the inside seat by an ample woman in the seat on the aisle, the Honorable Member was on one of those packed flights connecting Jackson to Atlanta when his body relieved a bit of pressure of the deadly but silent type – just as the good looking stewardess was making her way down the aisle. Obviously, he couldn’t open a window; so, politician that he was, he simply fixed his eyes on the lady seated next to him. She, on the other hand, was no politician and as the approaching stewardess picked up the “whiff”, his seatmate turned to him and said loudly enough for the stewardess and those seated nearby to hear, “Needin’ be lookin’ at me like that, I seed you when you tilted!”
So, Phil, SLABBED “seed you when you tilted” and we’re telling you there aren’t enough lawnmowers on the Coast to account for what folks are sniffing. However, if you let SLABBED know when you’ve got all those lite governors coming, we’ll do you proud with a lawnmower rodeo that you can point to as the cause of the odor.
Bryant referred to Wednesday’s headlines saying BP will pay for an advertising campaign to promote Coast tourism. He encouraged people to keep their reservations for conventions, fishing and vacations. “Don’t cancel it,” he said. “Come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
He is hosting the National Association of Lieutenant Governors in July in Biloxi.
“I’m trying to get every lieutenant governor in America to come here,” he said.
Bryant brought up the smell of oil because the Sun Herald also reported officials saying they were getting calls about a crude-oil smell along the Coast.
Francisco Cruz, Environmental Protection Agency spokesman out of Mobile, said what people likely are smelling are the volatile organic compounds that have evaporated into the air, and he described it as similar to smelling gasoline fumes at the gas pump.