Spark Energy apologizes for disrupting Perry's inauguration

January 20, 2011 3:34:14 AM PST
In case Spark Energy didn't make it clear already, the company is really, really sorry for disrupting Gov. Rick Perry's swearing-in ceremony. The Houston-based electricity provider hired a plane to buzz the Capitol during Perry's speech, but pulling that "God Bless Texas" banner made the aircraft's engine howl so loud that participants could hardly hear what the governor was saying.

The company had already apologized on its Facebook page right after the event on Tuesday. Several hours later, Spark Energy president Keith Maxwell issued a press release that sounded almost like a campaign endorsement.

Maxwell said the company "in no way wanted to deny those in attendance the opportunity to hear Governor Perry's vision for his third term in office. ... In fact, Spark Energy is one of the companies that has benefited from business-focused initiatives led by the Governor.