Environmentalists are seeing red over Tony Strickland's phony "green" pose in his run for the 19th Senate District seat.
Calling themselves the "Truth Squad," representatives from the California Sierra Club, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and Vote the Coast called a press conference on Monday to set the record straight on the former Assemblyman and head of the ultra-right wing California Club for Growth.
Standing on the pristine ocean bluffs of Carpinteria, the group attacked Strickland's sketchy ballot designation as an "Alternative Energy Executive."
"Strickland knows this district supports environmental protection, so after undermining environmental protections for six years in the Assembly, Tony had to make up something, so he pretends to be an alternative energy executive," said Vera Benson of the local chapter of the CLCV. "Strickland has problems telling the truth because voters don't want an extreme anti-environmentalist in office, but we really need a moderate alternative energy advocate like Hannah-Beth Jackson."
Strickland's right-wing and insurance company backers tell lies about
Hannah-Beth Jackson, Tony Strickland has built his whole campaign on a
whopper," said David Allgood, Southern California Director of the CLCV, in a
statement released before the event. "Does Tony Strickland really believe that
he can vote against environmental priorities over 98 percent of the time, join
big oil to fight a landmark
In contrast, Jackson, Strickland's opponent, took home perfect scores in each of the Sierra Club's tallies, wrote green bills and chaired the Natural Resources and Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committees. She quickly distinguished herself as one of the legislature's most dedicated defenders of clean air, safe drinking water, coastal preservation and environmental health.
Sierra Club's Fran Farina detailed how Strickland totally disregarded the
serious concerns of the residents of
Vote the Coast's Susan Jordan spoke about how Strickland's supposed wave energy company was formed with four political friends and how he never put up the initial $5,000 the others had pledged to start the company. It has no business, no paid employees and its permit to study wave energy was sent back as deficient by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Truth Squad thinks that voters will not be fooled by the
unfounded attacks on