Congressman Connie Mack came to Sanibel Island Monday to blast British Petroleum and the Obama administration over their handling of the oil leak and disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
"I want to express my frustration and frankly, my anger," he told reporters on the beach at the Sanibel Fishing Pier. "I have lost my belief in the words of BP, they have lost credibility. And we expect, yes expect, President Obama to lead in this effort."
"So far, we have seen a lack of urgency. We need to have all resources available committed to stopping the leak and protecting the shoreline and wetlands and marshes. Peoples' lives are being destroyed by this disaster, and we need to stop the damage," he said.
Mack is a republican who represents Lee and Collier counties in Congress.
About 25 business leaders and residents joined Mack at the news conference. WINK News talked with Robbie Roepstorff, of Bank of the Islands.
"I am glad Cong. Mack is here, because he will make sure we get the resources if we start seeing those tarballs. This kind of disaster will devastate beachfront communities. It has real impacts, and we don't need more economic troubles right now," said Roepstorff.
Mack says he will continue to put pressure on BP to pay every dime for damage and clean-up, and on the adminstration to focus on the leak and the clean-up.