Charlottesville, VA – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, and the Sierra Club, launched a 600-point radio ad buy in Virginia's 5th district hitting House candidate Robert Hurt for his father's ties to the uranium industry and his willingness to protect the industry's profits at the expense of public health. The radio ad will be running in Charlottesville and complements a TV ad buy running in-district.
"Voters in Virginia's fifth district have a choice this election: they can vote for Robert Hurt who would side with corporate polluters over Virginia families, or they can re-elect Tom Perriello who has proven his commitment to bringing new clean energy jobs to Virginia and making America less dependent on foreign oil," said Tony Massaro, LCV's Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. "Hurt's support for the failed dirty energy policies of the past makes him the wrong choice for Virginia."
While serving as a Virginia state senator, Hurt voted in favor of industry interests and against public health, allowing uranium mining projects to move forward, despite evidence that uranium mining can lead to radioactive contamination of air and ground water, causing cancer and birth defects.
"With his father's connections to the uranium industry, and a moratorium on the mining already in place, Robert Hurt has tough questions to answer about his position on risky uranium mining in Virginia," said Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club's Political Director. "We are working to get the word out that we can't let extremists like Robert Hurt vote for their own business interests over the interests of Virginians."
Both LCV Action Fund and the Sierra Club have endorsed Tom Perriello for his strong leadership on clean energy legislation.
Listen to the radio ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Lx35s7Tm4
The TV ad can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--uVEExeFes
A full list of LCV's political ads this cycle can be found at http://www.lcv.org/2010-political-paid-media.html
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters, www.lcv.org, and Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.