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LCV Launches $100,000 TV Ad Campaign to Defeat Ciro Rodriguez in TX-23

Contact: Mike Palamuso, (202) 454-4598 or

May 22, 2012  

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) launched a $100,000 television ad campaign targeting former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez in the upcoming May 29 Democratic primary for Texas’s 23rd congressional district. The ads, which highlight that Rodriguez supported then-President Bush’s energy plan, while later voting against President Obama’s clean energy plan, will run on broadcast television May 22-28 in the San Antonio media market.

“On the defining clean energy vote of his career, Ciro Rodriguez cast his lot with the Tea-Party radicals – turning his back on President Obama’s plan to build an American clean energy economy,” said Navin Nayak, LCV senior vice president for campaigns.

In 2009, Rodriguez broke his word – voting against President Obama’s clean energy bill at the last minute. As reported by Politico, “Rodriguez had told leadership that he was a likely yes -- but then cast a quick ‘no’ vote and practically sprinted from the chamber, frustrating floor managers whose shouts of ‘Rodriguez!’ rang through the House as the final anxious votes were cast.” Additionally, Rodriguez voted for the 2004 Bush energy plan, which would have gutted laws that protect our water from toxic pollution.

In addition to this TV ad campaign, LCV has launched a $95,296 mail program, which includes four flights of mail targeting 42,000 households throughout the district.

Last month, LCV ran a $230,000 television ad campaign to defeat Rep. Tim Holden in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district. That ad campaign also highlighted Holden’s vote against President Obama’s clean energy bill.

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