This morning, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) called for BP CEO Tony Hayward to be fired as the Deepwater Horizon blowout spews millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, Melancon criticized “the way this company’s performed” and expressed his anger at Hayward for complaining earlier this week, “I’d like my life back.” Melancon suggested that BP grant Hayward’s wishes by firing him:
I was watching this week as the CEO of BP was talking about he wants his life back. I’m to the point where I wish the board would call him back, and give us somebody that really wants to make sure that the people of this state, the people of this Gulf Coast region have what they need, when they want, to try and fight this oil spill.
Melancon said BP should get rid of Hayward because “the buck stops there.” However, earlier in the interview, Melancon made it clear that he still supports offshore drilling.
Tony Hayward has apologized:
I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment. I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Those words don’t represent how I feel about this tragedy. My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families – to restore their lives, not mine.