The Sierra Club, a leading environmental group, endorsed Republican Charlie Crist and Democrat Jim Davis in the primaries for governor Friday. The group said this is the first time since 1994 that it has issues endorsements in both primaries.
The organization cited Davis' longstanding support for Everglades restoration and coastal protection and opposition to offshore oil drilling. Crist was cited as the only Republican in the governor's race with a "sincere interest" in preservation.
Curt Levine, Sierra's political director, said in an interview that his group sent its questionnaire to Tom Gallagher's campaign three times, but never received a response. Gallagher spokesman Albert Martinez said he was unaware of the questionnaire issue but said Gallagher's votes on the Cabinet and the Legislature prove he's a strong conservationist.
Levine said Sierra's choices also were partly based on the calculation that it believes Crist and Davis are more likely to win their parties' nominations. "They'll be at the big dance in November," Levine said.