Tuesday's primaries again showed that elections matter for ocean health. The fights in November will be intense, and a pro-ocean Congress hangs in the balance… you can make the difference.
In Massachusetts, our endorsed candidate, Robert O'Leary lost to Bill Keating in an extremely close race. Mr. O'Leary is an ocean all star, having sponsored and passed the landmark Massachusetts Ocean Act. This loss hurts, but Keating is a good environmentalist and should be solid on oceans.
Christine O'Donnell's defeat of Congressman Mike Castle, however, is alarming. Castle, great on oceans and one of only eight Republicans to vote for the Climate bill was taken down by a candidate with a checkered past and questionable qualifications. O'Donnell's victory over Castle shows how hard ocean voters will need to fight to protect the people who vote for their priorities.
Which takes us to the two elections from Tuesday's primaries with huge ocean impact:
New Hampshire Senate: Kelly Ayotte beat the Republican field, and will now face Ocean Champions' endorsed candidate, Democrat Paul Hodes. Ayotte is a "drill baby, drill advocate" and a global warming denier. This close race is winnable for the oceans, and we'll be fighting hard.
Maryland's 1st House District: State senator Andy Harris (Pombo Jr.) won the Republican primary, setting up a rematch against Ocean Champions' endorsed Congressman Frank Kratovil. Mr. Kratovil has been a great ocean advocate, while Wall Street and Big Oil buddy Andy Harris consistently votes to help Chesapeake Bay polluters. This will be a tough race and we're going all out to defend a strong ocean champion.
These are two critical battles for ocean health, and Ocean Champions is the only ocean group fighting on the front lines of these political wars. We know how to win, and we need to win these two races among many others. Your support can make a difference - every dollar you give brings victory for the oceans closer.
For the Oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. The time is now to join the Ocean Champions army and fight for ocean health in Washington, D.C. Help us protect a pro-ocean Congress!