A New Champion for an Old Seat
Today, we proudly announce the important endorsement of Frank Kratovil (D) for Maryland 1, the U.S. House district. Encompassing most of the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore-- this is an ocean district to fight hard to protect, if ever there was one.
As many of you Champs know, this seat has been held for many years by a great ocean champion, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R). Unfortunately, Rep. Gilchrest was defeated in this year's primary by State Sen. Andy Harris (R)-- one of the most unapologetically anti-environment legislators in the State of Maryland. His lifetime score from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is an abysmal seven (7). Replacing Wayne Gilchrest with Andy Harris would be an unmitigated disaster.
Fortunately, we have a great candidate running against Harris - Frank Kratovil. He's a former prosecutor who knows how to fight for the things he believes in. And, he believes in healthy oceans:
- Frank Kratovil has pledged to support the Clean Water Restoration Act.
- Frank has resisted the pressure to support expanded offshore drilling in presently off-limits areas. His energy plan does not call for opening up the Atlantic or Pacific coasts.
- Frank will fight for increased funding to help farmers make the switch to best environmental practices, to reduce the nutrient pollution devastating the Chesapeake Bay.
- Frank supports a moratorium on menhaden fishing off the Atlantic coast-- restoring the population of this critical filter fish in the Chesapeake Bay.
We've spent a great deal of time talking to Mr. Kratovil, and know he will be a great champion for the oceans in the U.S. House. For our large donation contributors, you'll be happy to know that Frank Kratovil will be joining us for our regularly scheduled Fourth Friday Call this week. We hope you will make it to learn more about Frank's dedication to ocean health.
This will be a tough race. Maybe one of the toughest in the country. Harris is ahead in the early polls. But, Kratovil has great support from his party and can win this if we give him our support.
So what can you do? You can help in two ways:
- Make a contribution to Ocean Champions so we can keep supporting great candidates like Frank Kratovil; and
- Make a direct contribution to Frank Kratovil.
If we want to build a Congress that protects our oceans, we must start here. Please join us in this endorsement.
For The Oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. For those of you following this week's Democratic Convention in Denver, get the latest news on the behind-the-scenes events from our President, David Wilmot, Ph.D. at our blog. Join in the conversation!
Why Are Ocean Champions Endorsements So Important?
When you consider that more than 53% of our nation's population resides on a highly abused 17% of our coasts, and only 5% of our nations political leadership champion ocean health; we think it's important to get more Ocean Champions elected.
Ocean Champions endorsements help to elect ocean-conscious Congressional leadership that will better represent our needs. Our Congressional Champions work to protect waterways while recognizing the direct effect of the oceans' health on our families' health.
Our endorsements provide:
Campaign Funding- through Ocean Champions PAC.
Independent Campaigning - our unique 501(c)(4) structure positions us as the only ocean group that directly works to elect (and sometimes to defeat) members of Congress. In 2006 we played a major role in getting rid of "Ocean Enemy #1", Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Ca.), by funding a door-to-door canvas in his district.
Social Networking Support - (YAY YOU!) Last year, you and your friends sent thousands of letters and calls of support to Ocean Champions Representatives and candidates who are working to move healthy ocean policy into action. There is power in your voice.
Campaign Insight - Our unique bipartisan approach provides incredible social and scientific insight to members on both sides of the aisle.
With what is shaping up to be one of the most important election years of an era-it's never been more important to elect Ocean Champions who better represent our needs.
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