Friday, September 14, 2018

Sierra Club Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2018

Sierra Club Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor
Environmental Group Responds to DeSantis’ Plan for Florida

St. Petersburg, FL – The Sierra Club, America’s largest grassroots environmental organization with over 3.5 million members and supporters nationwide, including 230,000 in Florida, announced today its endorsement of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor.  It also released a response slamming his opponent's environmental plan.

Statement of Frank Jackalone, Sierra Club Florida Chapter Director

The Sierra Club is extremely pleased to announce our endorsement of Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor.  Gillum established a strong track record of environmental protection while Mayor of Tallahassee.  He has a wonderful, refreshing vision for protecting Florida’s natural treasures, combatting the causes of climate change, and ensuring clean air and water for our families and our wildlife.

Andrew Gillum is the right person for Florida’s most important job.   We are convinced that he will clean up the environmental mess that Governor Scott is leaving us with.  Gillum will stop the releases of polluted water that fuels Florida’s devastating toxic algae water crisis; he will stand firm against plans to drill for oil and gas in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s coasts; he will manage the state’s growth and fully fund the state’s conservation land acquisition program to protect Florida’s natural areas, wildlife, and water resources; and he will convert Florida into a leader for clean, renewable energy.  He will tackle climate change as the cause of rising seas, hotter weather, and stronger hurricanes, unlike Governor Scott, President Trump and his opponent who bury their heads in the sand and refuse to even talk about climate change.

By contrast, Mayor Gillum’s opponent Ron DeSantis has a terrible track record in Congress, scoring just 2 percent on the League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard for his three terms in Congress.  That means that DeSantis voted against the environment 98% percent of the time!  DeSantis’ “environmental plan for Florida” released just this week is filled with empty promises, few facts, and fewer details, and he omits any reference to climate change, clean energy, or the State’s desperate need to manage growth again.  His plan to address the State’s water crisis by forming a Commission to study red tide is irresponsible; immediate action is needed by the next governor to protect Florida’s coastal tourism economy that has been crippled by killer red tide and other types of toxic algae.

The Sierra Club is pleased by Mayor Gillum’s choice of Chris King as his running mate.  Chris King is a business leader with good values and principles, and he is dedicated to restoring Florida’s Everglades and protecting our coastal estuaries from red tide and other algae blooms.  We are impressed by his commitment, knowledge, and energy, and are convinced that he will make a terrific Lieutenant Governor.

The contrast between Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis couldn’t be greater.  Gillum is an environmental champion with a proven track record who has the foresight and leadership skills to protect Florida’s people and natural resources, while DeSantis, a former Member of Congress with a terrible environmental voting record, merely echoes the failed policies of Rick Scott and Donald Trump.

Frank Jackalone:  727-804-1317
Dave Harbeitner: 443-538-6535
Jonathan Berman: 202-297-7533


Paid electioneering communication paid for by Sierra Club Florida Political Action Committee, 1990 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712