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May 13, 2013

Environmentalists vow to elect Markey to Senate


“The more we learn about Gomez, the more he looks like Mitt Romney without the experience,” NextGen Committee spokesman Chris LeHane said in a statement.

The League of Conservation Voters spent nearly as much as NextGen in the Democratic primary, $830,932, to ensure Markey’s victory.

Jeff Gohringer, a spokesman for the group, said while they were encouraged by Markey’s primary win, they’re taking nothing for granted.

Gohringer said the group’s support for Markey goes beyond his opposition to the Keystone pipeline. He called Markey “an environmental hero” and pointed to what he described as Markey’s more than three decades in Congress fighting for environmental causes and combating climate change.

“This is the most important race this year for us,” Gohringer said.

During the primary, the group spent much of its money on organizing a field canvassing operation designed to help ensure Markey supporters made it to the polls.

Gohringer said that strategy could expand to including advertising during the general election.

“We’re not going to advertise our political strategy, but there’s no People’s Pledge, so we are going to do everything we can to elect Markey,” he said.

On his campaign website, Gomez explained his support for allowing the oil pipeline to be built.

“I will work with President Obama when he is right, and will oppose him when he is wrong,” Gomez said. “The Obama administration is wrong in stopping the Keystone pipeline, a project that will create jobs, drive down our energy costs, and help us to become energy independent.”

Gomez said that while he believes climate change is real, addressing the problem must be done rationally.

“Unfortunately, many solutions offered by politicians in Washington are not rational, and would put America at a competitive disadvantage,” he said. “We need a serious energy agenda that promotes private sector innovation in both the United States and in other countries.”

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