The Sierra Club endorses Jim Davis & Charlie Crist for Governor by Mitch E. Perry07/07/06
In the Democratic race for Governor, State Senator Rod Smith has made strong gains in recent weeks on Tampa Area Congressman Jim Davis, and trails Davis by only 6 percentage points in one recent poll.
So the Davis camp is celebrating todayâ€™s endorsement today by one of the nationâ€™s leading environmental groups, the Sierra Club. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?it wasnâ€™t a hard call at allâ€?) Curt Levine is the Political Chair for the Sierra Clubâ€™s Florida Chapter. He said that the environmental records of the two men made it clear who is the stronger candidate (roll tape#2 o.q.â€? frankly, has notâ€?)
For proof, Levine referenced the Florida League of Conservation Voters ranking of State Senators last yearâ€¦..Only 1 member in the State Senate scored lower than Rod Smith.
Critics have also said that 3 years ago, Smith backed postponing the deadline for Everglades Cleanup. And the year before that, his District office in Gainsville was picketed after he supported a measure restricting citizens' ability to challenge development permits.
The Environment has consistently turned up in polls as one of the most important issues for Democratic Voters. And the Jim Davis team say their man is far and away the better candidate on that issue â€¦.Josh Earnest is a campaign spokesman for Jim Davis (roll tape#3 o.q.â€? in the next 8 weeksâ€?)
The Sierra Clubâ€™s Curt Levine says both candidates were impressive in face to face interviews as they sought the Clubâ€™s endorsement, but he says itâ€™s important to look at what they have DONE while in office, not what they say theyâ€™ll do (roll tape#4 o.q.â€?has our supportâ€?)
The Sierra Clubâ€™s endorsement of Davis is for the Democratic nomination onlyâ€¦But for the first time in 12 years, the Sierra Club is also endorsing somebody in the Republican ranks. Again, the Sierra Clubâ€™s Curt Levine (roll tape#5 o.q.â€?as Attorney Generalâ€?)
And Levine said that his group sent its questionnaire to Tom Gallagher's campaign three times, but never received a response.