WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today named Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) as the first member of its 2006 "Dirty Dozen" list of anti-environmental candidates. LCV also announced that it will run an aggressive, multi-layered independent campaign to defeat Rep. Cuellar and help elect Ciro Rodriguez in the March 7th Democratic primary for Texas's 28th Congressional District.
Rep. Cuellar, who earned an abysmal 33% on LCV's 2005 National Environmental Scorecard, voted against the environment on a number of occasions last year, including voting with indicted Rep. Tom DeLay to let MTBE polluters off the hook for drinking water contamination, and opposing real, clean energy solutions, such as fuel efficiency for automobiles. He also supported the deeply flawed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which threatens clean air and water standards for Central American nations - one of the world's most biologically diverse regions.
"Representative Cuellar has voted repeatedly to let corporate polluters off the hook, earning a terrible 33% LCV voting score and a place on our 'Dirty Dozen' list," said LCV Western Campaign Director Andy Schultheiss. "He is out-of-touch with his district and constituents, choosing instead to side with Tom DeLay and corporate special interests. That is why we are running an aggressive campaign to urge primary voters in the district to defeat Cuellar and elect an individual who will effectively represent them in Congress, Ciro Rodriguez."
LCV's independent campaign includes television ads to begin airing on Friday, as well as direct mail, phone banking and door-to-door canvassing.
Through the "Dirty Dozen" campaigns, LCV identifies those holding or seeking federal office - Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike -- who consistently vote against the environment, as part of its ongoing effort to educate voters about voting records. LCV targets selected members of this list for independent campaigns in competitive races.
Rep. Cuellar is the first elected official to be placed on LCV's 2006 Dirty Dozen. Additions to the Dirty Dozen will be named in the coming weeks and months.
For more information on LCV's "Dirty Dozen," visit http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen/index.html.
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