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On defense , Gwen Graham rolls out big-shot enviro endorsements

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham ticked off a lot of environmentalists by voting for the Keystone pipeline as a congresswoman, and today she faced a Politico report highlighting a $50,000 contribution to her campaign by a Panama City developer who has run afoul of environmental regulators.

So Graham rolled out some old lions of Florida's enviroronmental movement - Nat Reed, Manley Fuller, and Jon Mills -- to vouch for her cred on green issues.

From a release:

"The love we all have for Florida would not be complete without our environment. Protecting our precious land and water used to be a bipartisan value, but over the past six years, Rick Scott and the Tallahassee politicians have taken our state backward," Graham said. "I have seen the destruction and worked with those trying to save our land and water on Workdays from Wakulla Springs to the Indian River. As governor, I will fight oil drilling off our beaches, ban fracking and use Amendment One funds as voters intended, to preserve our land and water."

Nathaniel Reed, a founder and former president/chairman of 1000 Friends of Florida, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and an environmental advisor to multiple Florida governors, said, "Gwen Graham will enforce the water quality laws in our state, which have been ignored by Rick Scott's administration. Gwen's spent Workdays examining environmental issues firsthand. She's seen the terrible effects on Lake Okeechobee and the Indian River Lagoon and listened to the Floridians suffering the real environmental, economic and health consequences. Gwen will enforce our water quality laws no matter who the polluters are. For the future of this state we love, we must elect Gwen Graham."

Manley Fuller, who serves as the President of Florida Wildlife Federation, said, "Gwen Graham has a proven track record of bringing people together to defend Florida's land and waters. As governor, she will fight oil drilling off our beaches, and implement the will of the people, who overwhelmingly supported the Land Legacy Amendment of 2014. Gwen Graham is the champion we need to protect Florida's environment and our nature-based economy."

Former House Speaker Jon Mills, a member of the Everglades Foundation's Board of Directors, said, "Gwen Graham understands protecting our land and water is not just vital to our environment, it's central to Florida's economy and our health. Working with Governor Bob Graham we began the first real state efforts to protect our state's environment. As governor, Gwen will carry on that legacy and finish the work we started to protect Florida's land and water from overdevelopment and pollution."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:53am]


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