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Oil industry-bashing comic headlines dem fundraiser

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  The Louisiana Democratic Party will hold a fundraiser at the Baton Rouge River Center headlined by standup comic and HBO host Bill Maher on Jan. 27.

  Shortly after the BP oil disaster, in his "New Rules" segment on Real Time With Bill Maher, Maher took aim at Gulf Coast oil industry workers, whose livelihoods had been temporarily devastated by the federal drilling moratorium that followed the gusher. "I may have hurt a few feelings when my response to the complaint that jobs will be lost in the offshore drilling business was, 'F—k your jobs!,'" Maher said, adding, "Sorry, roughnecks, but eventually you're going to have to find something else to do. ... Is working on an oil rig really that great a job anyway? You spend weeks at a time on a floating well in the ocean. If you want to avoid your family that bad, take up golf. Yes, the oil industry creates jobs. So does the kiddie porn industry."

  Have state Dems discussed those remarks with Maher's management? Are they even aware of them? Mike Stagg, a spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party, didn't return Gambit's call by press time. Tickets for the event are $84, or $184 for the show and a patron party. — Kevin Allman

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