Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sierra Club Endorses Murphy

Today, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) got a significant boost on the campaign trail with an endorsement from the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s largest environmental organizations.

The Sierra Club had endorsed Murphy’s opponent, former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, when the two first faced off back in the 2006 election.

“Mike Fitzpatrick is all for creating jobs – in China,” said Robin Mann, President of Sierra Club. “He talks a good game about growing the economy, but his opposition to clean energy initiatives will keep U.S. factories shuttered and outsource good-paying jobs to China.”

“This wasn’t always the Mike Fitzpatrick we knew, or thought we did,” said Dennis Winters, Chair of Sierra Club’s Pennsylvania Chapter. “The Sierra Club endorsed Mike in 2006 because he was actually one of the few Republicans to co-sponsor the bill to curb climate change. But when political winds changed, Mike went right along with them. It’s hard to believe, but Mike now claims he doesn’t even believe global warming is real. Regardless of where you stand on the issues, we want a Representative who keeps his word, and Mike Fitzpatrick has broken his promises at every turn.”

Murphy thanked the group for their endorsement, reiterating his commitment to moving our economy forward and ensuring America remains the world’s leader in green jobs and renewable energy.

“If Fitzpatrick has his way, we’ll be seeing a lot more ‘Made in China’ and a lot fewer ‘Made in America’ green energy jobs,” said Murphy.

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