To: Interested Parties
From: Craig Auster, LCV Action Fund Vice President of Political Affairs
Date: September 16, 2022
Re: LCV Action Fund Memo: Tiffany Smiley is Wrong for Washington’s Climate and Families
KIRO 7 News published a story in which Washington Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tiffany Smiley said:
“We need to fight climate change, I believe that is best solved at the local level with folks who are closest to the issue on that.”
In previous statements, Smiley has consistently opposed the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest-ever investment in our nation’s transition to clean energy.
Smiley is running against U.S. Senator Patty Murray, who was endorsed by LCV Action Fund in June 2021.
In response to Smiley’s comments, LCV Action Fund issued the following statement from Vice President of Government Affairs Sara Chieffo:
“Tiffany Smiley has shown once again she is out-of-touch with the issues that Washingtonians care about and is unqualified to represent the Evergreen State in the U.S. Senate. We all know that climate change is the greatest existential crisis facing our country and our world, and we need elected leaders who will fight like hell to bring the full weight of both the public and private sectors to address it. We must act, and we must act now, at the local, national and international levels to achieve climate justice for all communities. Thankfully, Washington State already has a climate and environmental justice champion who understands this in Senator Patty Murray and LCV Action Fund is all-in to help her win this November.”
Lennon Bronsema, Vice President of Campaigns for Washington Conservation Voters also responded:
“Washington Conservation Voters is proud of the work done by the State of Washington and local governments to be a leader in addressing the climate crisis. We know our work here at home is not all we need to stop the impacts climate change is having on our communities. That is why we are so grateful to Senator Patty Murray for the work she has done in the U.S. Senate, including recently helping pass the Inflation Reduction and CHIPs Acts, to invest in our clean energy future and climate justice. She is an important partner in our fight for a more just and equitable climate future for Washington State and we are thrilled with the work LCV Action Fund is doing to help ensure she is re-elected.”
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by People for Patty Murray.