LCV Cites state leadership on Clean Air Act and fostering environmental interest in the people of New Mexico
Washington, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today announced its endorsement of New Mexico's Attorney General Patricia Madrid in the race for the state 1st Congressional District, citing her strong support on many environmental issues affecting New Mexico and the nation as a whole.
"New Mexico's First Congressional District needs real, independent and conservation-minded leadership, not just a rubber stamp for failed policies that do nothing to keep our air, land and water clean, said LCV Southwest Field Campaign Manager Maggie Toulouse. "New Mexicans deserve a true leader like Patricia Madrid representing our interests in Washington."
As Attorney General Madrid has fought for the interest of New Mexico's families against big corporate polluters and the Bush administration poor environmental record. She has filed lawsuits on behalf of the citizens of New Mexico against efforts of oil and gas exploration in grassland area that could destroy wildlife, native plants and private ranches.
Of her efforts on behalf as a champion of the environment in New Mexico The Albuquerque Tribune editorial page said, "Thanks to Attorney General Patricia Madrid, whose no-nonsense interpretation of the federal Clean Air Act favored people over corporations, New Mexico was one of 14 states that sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and prevailed in a March 17 federal court ruling."
If elected, Madrid is committed to continue her efforts to preserve the Otero Mesa region in Southwestern New Mexico. She has also pledged to continue standing up to big oil and corporate polluters, and will work to protect and enforce key environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act.
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters," said Attorney General Patricia Madrid. "From suing to keep drilling off Otero Mesa and Valle Vidal to fighting to protect the Endangered Species Act, my record on the environment is clear. I will be an independent voice in Congress in support of New Mexico's natural environment."
For information on all of LCV's endorsed candidates for 2006, visit our website at http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/endorsements/index.html.