FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010
Contact: Maggie Kao (202) 675-2384
Sierra Club Endorses Both Crist and Meek for U.S. Senate
– The Sierra Club announced its endorsement today of
both Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in the 2010 Florida
U.S. Senate race. The announcement comes after a detailed endorsement process,
including questionnaires and interviews with the candidates and careful review
of the candidates’ records on environmental issues.
The Sierra Club endorsement of Charlie Crist serves to highlight Gov. Crist’s advancement of important issues like clean, renewable energy and conservation, as well as his understanding of the urgency of climate disruption. Gov. Crist worked to cut Florida’s global warming pollution by fighting dirty coal plants and urging Florida utilities to use renewable energy sources. He has also come out against offshore oil drilling in the wake of the BP Gulf disaster. Crist has demonstrated his commitment to the environment through his service as governor of Florida, advancing a strong environmental agenda that included land acquisition and preservation in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
Kendrick Meek, in addition to his 100 percent League of Conservation Voters environmental record in his last session as U.S. Rep. for Florida’s 17th District, has shown his clear understanding and commitment to conservation and environmental issues. Rep. Meek opposes offshore drilling in Florida and has promoted investment in alternative energy by introducing a biomass tax parity bill and a renewable energy tax bill in Congress. He has also voiced his commitment to Everglades restoration. The Sierra Club welcomes Rep. Meek’s strong leadership on environmental issues and his work to fight global warming.
“Our goal is to distinguish these two candidates as worthy of support from voters who care about the environment, based upon their environmental positions, priorities, and vision,” said Sierra Club volunteer and Political Committee Chair for Florida Cecilia Height.
With 30,000 members statewide, and as a trusted messenger to the broader public, the support of Sierra Club Florida plays a decisive role in state and local elections.
“The Sierra Club rarely makes dual endorsements, but in this case it was
particularly appropriate. Florida, the public at large, and Sierra Club members
who want to see environmental leaders in Washington will all be well served by
either Charlie Crist or Kendrick Meek as their representative in the U.S.
Senate,” said Cathy Duvall, National Political Director of the Sierra Club.